Victim in Barrio Logan Slaying Identified

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A 50-year-old homeless man was found dead Tuesday in a Barrio Logan alley, prompting homicide detectives to launch an investigation into what is at least the fourth slaying since Sunday afternoon within a several-mile radius in neighborhoods southeast of downtown San Diego. Photo courtesy OnScene.TV.

Homicide detectives Thursday identified a 50-year-old homeless man who was found dead in a Barrio Logan alley.

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A 911 caller reported finding the body of Maurice William Daniels in an alley off the 1600 block of Logan Avenue about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, San Diego police homicide Lt. Matt Dobbs said. Patrol officers found Daniels on the ground, not breathing, with “visible trauma” to his upper body, though detectives have not specified what kind of injuries he suffered.

Paramedics administered emergency medical aid, but he was pronounced dead at the scene just before 7 a.m., Dobbs said.

Daniels was homeless and known to frequent the area where his body was found, the lieutenant said. He was possibly seen in that area with a woman about 11:30 p.m. Monday, about seven hours before his body was discovered.

The alley where Daniels was found is roughly five blocks south of the street corner in East Village where two assailants shot and wounded four people just after 11 p.m. Monday, but police do not believe Daniels’ death was related to the Monday night shooting or two deadly shootings Sunday that killed three men in Mountain View and Logan Heights.

Anyone with information about Daniels’ slaying or the homicides on Sunday was asked to call the San Diego Police Department’s homicide unit at (619) 531-2293 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

—City News Service

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