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Teen-Ager Killed, Another Wounded in Shooting in Disneyland Parking Lot

March 08, 1987

An argument between two groups of youths in Disneyland's parking lot led to an early morning brawl Saturday in which a 15-year-old boy was shot to death and a teen-age bystander wounded, police said.

An 18-year-old Santa Ana man, identified as Keleti Naea, was arrested on suspicion of murder and was being held without bail Saturday at the Anaheim city jail.

Anaheim Police Lt. Chet Barry said the fatal shooting took place shortly after 12:50 a.m., when a shouting match erupted between a group including Naea and another group of teen-agers.

The argument turned into a fistfight, then several shots were fired and the victim, Salesi Tai, 15, of Inglewood, fell to the ground with three or four bullet wounds in his back, Barry said. He was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center, where he died.

A 14-year-old walking about 150 feet from the fight was hit in the right arm by a stray bullet and was treated and released from a nearby hospital, Barry said.

Naea was arrested several hours later, although police would not say what led them to him.

It was the second homicide in the history of the 31-year-old Anaheim amusement park, authorities said. In 1981, Mel C. Yorba, 18, was stabbed to death at the Tomorrowland exhibit, after an argument with another park visitor. His family later won a $600,000 judgment--and then agreed to an undisclosed out-of-court settlement to head off an appeal by Disneyland--after a jury found park officials were negligent in providing Yorba with medical treatment.

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