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Crime Trackers: Victim identified in the first Tucson homicide of 2018

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UPDATE: Tucson Police have identified the victim as Manuel Valenzuela.

If you have any information you are urged to call 88-CRIME or 911. 


TUCSON - Police are investigating the first homicide of the year.

It happened on the city's South Side just after 4 a.m. Monday.

Residents, such as Evangelina Garcia, slept through the gunfire.  She said she woke up when Tucson Police knocked on her door during the early morning hours to ask whether she had seen or heard anything. 

"It's a scary situation. You have concerns for your family and your kids, grandkids who are here all the time. To hear that stuff like this has to happen, especially for the New Year, it's a sad situation."

The shooting took place on Bilby Road between Sixth and Ninth avenues. Another resident told News 4 Tucson, "I think it’s very strange because this neighborhood is very quiet."

However, during the early morning hours, gunfire erupted that left one man dead. Tucson Police said two brothers were walking on the street when shots rang out.

Dallely Ortega told News 4 Tucson, "It is very shocking to me that it happened right in front of my house. I don't know. It’s scary."

Monday morning, TPD’s crime scene unit was processing the scene.

During that time the street was closed.

Tucson police went over the area looking for evidence and questioned the victim's brother.

Just before reopening the road, the Tucson Fire department was cleaning up  

Police are asking the public for their help. 

If you have any information you are urged to call 88-CRIME or 911. 

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