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Update: Lincoln Police Arrest Second Suspect in Jarvis Long Homicide Case

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Lincoln police have arrested a second person in the Jarvis Long murder investigation.

Twenty-five year old Jacara Lanett Perry was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of aiding and abetting manslaughter. It's the second arrest in the case.

The man accused of killing Long, 30-year-old LaRon Branch, was charged in Lancaster County Court Tuesday afternoon.

The Lancaster County Attorney charged him with 2nd degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony. The charges were amended from manslaughter. Bail was set at $500,000.

Through the investigation, police identified Branch as a possible suspect. At 1:30 a.m Saturday, he was booked into the Lancaster County Jail.

Police say that Jarvis and Branch knew each other. According to a police affidavit, Branch told several people that he was jumped by three people and that a knife was involved in the struggle. Police believe that one of the men in the fight was Long.

Police confirmed Tuesday that there is no indication that the homicide was drug or gang related.

Jarvis Long's sister, Kelli Mejia, says she hasn't yet come to terms with the arrests.

"I wouldn't know what to say to him. I really wouldn't. I know I probably should try... maybe in time I can forgive, but not now. No," said Mejia.

And although this is a first step, a big part of the story is still missing.

"Why? Why he felt the need to kill him? It couldn't have been that big of a deal, it really couldn't have. I just want to understand why."

Police say the death investigation is ongoing.

Twenty-seven year old Jarvis James Long was found near 31st and W Streets on Jan. 16. Someone who lives near the park found Long's body just before 11 a.m. that morning, Officer Katie Flood said.

Flood said Long had multiple stab wounds. This is the first homicide in Lincoln in 2014.

Some neighbors 10/11 spoke with in the nearby neighborhood said they've seen a lot of criminal issues in this area in the past.

According to police records, officers were dispatched to the Peter Pan Park area 68 times in 2013 for various assaults, vandalism, drug calls and narcotics.

And in 2012, a shooting death happened just a few hundred feet from the park.

10/11 spoke with Long's family who say he was well loved and well liked, and they can't believe something like this would happen.

Many family members also expressed that they believe it may be gang related, though police say there is no indication that it was a gang-related killing.

Police received a report of graffiti on a wall of the park bathroom before the homicide occurred. The graffiti resembles the names of two known Lincoln gangs.

The family also tells 10/11 a bank fund has been set up for Long's marker. Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank.


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