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Murder Victim Shot by High School Football Teammate

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-Photo by Terry Miller

-Photo by Terry Miller

By Terry Miller

24-year-old Joe McMahon was shot to death early last Friday morning in Chapman Woods by a former football teammate at San Marino High School and member of the 2009 graduating class.

Joe McMahon, a former associate producer on the television reality series ‘The Deadliest Catch,’ was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 2:20 a.m. according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. A day later, Brandon Rafiepour, also 24, was found dead about 4 p.m. that same day from a self-inflicted gunshot wound near his home in Brentwood.

Rafiepour, according to LASD, had been considered a ‘person of interest’ in the murder. Motive is still unclear.

McMahon and Rafiepour were teammates on San Marino High School’s 2007 varsity football team. McMahon, an offensive and defensive lineman, was listed at 6’5″ and 205 lbs
Rafiepour was convicted of drunk driving in 2014 and in 2009, was picked up for driving while in possession of marijuana.

Officials from the County of Los Angeles of Medical Examiner – Coroner confirmed the identity of the shooting victim as 24-year-old, not 25-year-old as initially stated in earlier press release, Joseph McMahon.

Family members stated McMahon walked outside of his home to what was an apparent noise and disturbance, and shortly after they heard multiple gun shots.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

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