Merlin 'Romeo' Santana

March 14, 1976-November 09, 2002

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Merlin Santana, a television and film actor who appeared in this year's Eddie Murphy movie "Showtime," was shot to death while sitting in a parked car, authorities said Sunday. Santana, 26, was killed early Saturday in South Los Angeles, police spokeswoman Lucy Diaz said. He was sitting in the passenger seat shortly after 2:30 a.m. when at least one person approached the car and fired, Lt. Clay Farrell said. The driver escaped injury, drove off and flagged down police. Paramedics responded but Santana was pronounced dead at the scene, Farrell said. No arrests were immediately made and investigators had not determined a motive for the attack.
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