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Police say arrest is imminent in death of organ donor

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Oakland police now say an arrest is imminent in the shooting death of a merchant marine whose organs saved several lives.

Charles Butler, 23, was shot to death last week outside his home. He was a merchant marine preparing to head to sea for the very first time.

An East Bay transplant patient received Butler's liver on Sunday. And a San Luis Obispo man received Butler's pancreas and a kidney.

Butler has now given the gift of life to four transplant patients.

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