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Few details of county’s 43rd slaying

Figures edge closer to record

All the public knows about the county’s 43rd homicide, the one that pulls Allen County ever closer to breaking a record, is that the victim died from gunshot wounds.

Other than that, and the fact that he was a black male, the Allen County Coroner’s office on Monday released no additional information about the man whose body was found Sunday afternoon on the city’s south side.

Though the man’s identity is known to the coroner, his name was withheld from a news release pending notification of his family.

The man was found behind the 3100 block of Central Drive, about two blocks east of South Anthony Boulevard just after 3 p.m. Sunday.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the coroner.

All but two of the county’s 43 homicides have occurred within the city of Fort Wayne this year.

It is unlikely the community will escape setting the 1997 record of 44 deaths by homicide.

In August, the body of 51-year old Steven Dwayne Turner, was found inside a burning car and the police identified his death as suspicious. The Allen County Coroner’s Office has yet to rule on the cause and manner of his death.

rgreen@jg.net

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