On Episode 108 of "Unsolved with Steve Gregory", Steve explores the murder Mark Leonard.
On January 18th, 2008, Mark Leonard was shot multiple times point blank while standing in the parking lot of the car wash he owned, Leonard died on scene.
Approximately three hours prior to the murder, a man known only as “Happy” had a heated argument with Leonard. Detectives say “Happy” was a mid-level drug dealer. The argument almost escalated into fight, but was stopped by Leonard’s pregnant wife, Jacquelyne. After the argument, “Happy” left the car wash in a black Chevrolet Tahoe with two men.
Following the argument, Mark drove to the City of Long Beach to buy supplies for his business. It was said during that time employees saw the same black Chevrolet Tahoe circle the business, but never stopped. Leonard eventually returned to his carwash/detailing business.
Leonard was trying to finish his errands because he was planning to see his son Kawhi play in a high school CIF Championship game. Kawhi would later become an NBA Superstar.
Shortly after Leonard returned to his business, the same black Chevrolet Tahoe parked across the street. A second vehicle, a beige Cadillac Escalade, that “Happy” was known to own, parked in the same location, next to the Tahoe.
A few moments later, two masked men exited the Tahoe, spoke to the driver of the beige Cadillac, crossed Wilmington Avenue, walked up to Mark Leonard, and opened fire.
Following the shooting, the two masked men returned to the Chevrolet Tahoe and both vehicles drove away.
During the investigation, it was determined Leonard was a long-time drug dealer – regularly purchasing drugs from a network of cartel-related gang members