Homicide Victim Found In Topeka Cemetery

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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UPDATE: Monday, September 24, 2012

Police in Topeka say a man found dead in a cemetery had been shot several times.

The death is being investigating as the sixth homicide of the year in the city.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports groundskeepers arriving for work at Topeka Cemetery noticed the man around 8:20 a.m. Monday and thought he had simply passed out. Officers arrived and confirmed the man was dead.

Police Capt. Jerry Stanley says the death occurred sometime in the previous 24 hours.

Authorities have publicly identified the victim so far only as a man in his 20s. But several people who went to the cemetery said the victim was a relative whom they had been unable to reach for some time.

Monday, September 24, 2012

A gunshot victim has been found dead at the Topeka Cemetery.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that the man's body was found around 8:20 a.m. Monday. Spokeswoman Kristen Veverka says police are investigating the case as a homicide.

Police have closed or blocked all entrances to the cemetery as they investigate. Detectives also are canvassing the area to see if anyone had seen or heard anything.

Topeka Cemetery Superintendent Lowell Manis says the investigation isn't expected to delay any scheduled funeral services.

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