Story by Glen Starks/News Editor/@gstarksviking15
An arrest was made Thursday, Feb. 18, in the murder of Alicia Faith Todd, 21, of Signal Hill, who was attending classes at LBCC for social work.
She was killed in the early morning hours of June 24. Todd graduated from Millikan High School and also ran track for the Rams.
“Alicia was one of the smartest and kindest people I’ve ever met, she was definitely taken to soon,” said a friend, Danielle, who first met and attended middle school with Todd and did not want her last name used.
Tremaine Lewis, 24, of Long Beach was arrested Thursday, Feb. 18, and has been charged with one count of murder with a gun enhancement. He is being held on a $2 million bail at the Long Beach City Jail. Lewis’ preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday, March 7. The investigation is ongoing and the Long Beach Police Department wants people to come forward with any information they might have, said Marlene Arrona, a police spokeswoman with the LBPD.
LBCC has a scholarship program to honor students who have died that was established by the Associated Student Body. LBCC Trustee Ginny Baxter, also the executive director of the LBCC Foundation that provides funding for the scholarship program, said, “For someone to die in the prime of their life is truly tragic and my heart goes out to the family.”
LBCC President Eloy Oakley said, “LBCC mourns the loss of any Viking who passes away. With regards to Ms. Alicia Faith Todd, I personally extend my ongoing condolences to her family and pray for them.”
Her sister Patricia Todd said, “In her time away from school, she kept busy by volunteering at Colin Powell Academy where she assisted her aunt with a class. She also helped with the Parks and Recreation department. Alicia was my confidant and best friend and hero. Sadly you don’t know what someone means to you until they are called to the Lord.
“She leaves me with more courage, strength and a brighter smile and I am forever grateful for her life.”
Todd was working two jobs and attending LBCC with a full load of classes in the semester before her death.
Her sister said, “What I miss the most is her smile. She could light up a room.
“Although there has been an arrest made in her case, my family and I want justice. Please continue to pray for us.”
Anyone with any information about the murder is encouraged to call homicide detectives Teryl Hubert, Scott Lasch or Michael Hubbard at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be delivered by calling (800) 222-TIPS (8477).