Parolee held in musician’s killing

Posted on June 25, 2009. Filed under: Parole |

June 17, 2009

The Press-Enterprise


SAN BERNARDINO – A gang member was jailed Wednesday in connection with the robbery and slaying of an aspiring musician at a city park.

Detectives arrested Erik Ibarra at 3 p.m. as he walked to his home in the 2600 block of East Second Street, said San Bernardino police homicide Sgt. Dave Dillon.

The 24-year-old parolee was identified as a suspect in Sunday night’s fatal shooting of Michael Edayan at Blair Park through evidence left behind, Dillon said.

A second suspect, whose name was not released, remains at large.

Police said they believe it was Ibarra who fired the bullets that struck Edayan at 11:12 p.m.

The victim and four friends were drinking beer and listening to music inside the West Marshall Boulevard park when some other men approached, accompanied by two women.

One of the men pulled a handgun and demanded money, but the group didn’t have any, Dillon said.

The robbers took their beer instead. As they left, words were exchanged and the gunman turned back and fired, Dillon said.

Edayan, a 22-year-old punk rock enthusiast from Highland, died there.

“It was very cold blooded,” Dillon said.

Ibarra belongs to a gang in Monrovia, a small city bordering Pasadena, Dillon said. He was booked into jail on suspicion of murder, and held without bail.

Earlier this month, Edayan made his first live performance at a Redlands bar, singing one of his own compositions.

On MySpace, he wrote passionately of art, activism and being “a heart broken fool trying to save his soul along with rock and roll.”

“If you are not satisfied with the way things are,” he wrote, “let your voice be heard.”

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