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  • Police responded about 2 p.m. Sunday to the 1500 block of Oxford Street for an unknown problem. They found a victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, and paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene. (Ashley Sloboda | The Journal Gazette)

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 1:00 am

ID remains elusive in Oxford slaying

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

Investigators are having difficulty identifying a man found shot to death in an alley off Oxford Street.

Police found the man about 2 p.m. Sunday near the back of the Euell A. Wilson Center in an alley in the 1500 block of Oxford Street near Reed Street. A driver saw the man lying on the ground and called 911.

The Allen County coroner is asking for the public's help identifying the man, who is in his mid- to late 20s, black, 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Scars, marks and tattoos that were found on the victim will be kept confidential to assist in making a positive identification, the coroner's office said.

The man is Allen County's 21st homicide victim this year.

Neighbors told police Sunday they heard noises that could have been fireworks or gun shots about 3 or 4 a.m. the night before.

“It's just weird for that neighborhood that no one has stepped forward and said, 'We haven't heard from this person or that person.' I would be willing to bet that they're (the victim) probably not from around here,” said Roderick Parker, a community activist whose group It Starts With Me is fighting gun violence.

“Somebody should know him from around here. I don't understand why they have no idea who he is,” Parker continued. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the coroner's office at 260-449-7389 or the Fort Wayne Police Department at 260-427-1222.