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Yakima Suffers First Homicide of Year, Man Found Dead in Downtown Parking Lot

Yakima police investigating homicide
(Yakima police department)

Yakima authorities are investigating what appears to be the first homicide of 2013 in the city.

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities are trying to identify a man found dead yesterday morning in a downtown Yakima parking lot. Police believe the man was killed in a Monday night disturbance. Investigators aren’t saying how he was killed, except he wasn’t shot. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports it’s likely the first homicide of the year in the city.

The Herald-Republic reported the victim apparently died Monday, but it was a number of hours before police were notified.    The man had trauma to his face.  An attempt to indentify the victim via DNA was unsuccessful when fingerprint information did not match to confirm the person’s name.

Residents and authorities were surprised the body was found in an area of Front St. that is known for a series of upscale restaurants.  An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

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