The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office has identified a man found dead on a Valley Hi sidewalk Sunday night as Joseph Lee Stanley, 20, of Sacramento.
Sacramento homicide detectives are investigating the fatal assault.
Stanley was found on the east side of Franklin Boulevard just north of Whisper Wood Way about 9 p.m. Sunday by three pedestrians.
Sacramento Fire Department firefighters were the first to respond to the scene. The firefighters noted “obvious signs of trauma to the upper body” of the man who was pronounced dead at the scene.
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Firefighters called in police officers who launched an investigation. Detectives and crime scene investigators spoke with witnesses and searched the area for evidence.
Motive for the assault is not known, according to a press release from the Sacramento Police Department.