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Names of Winton homicide victims released

Two men shot to death in Winton last week have been identified as Juan Jose Cruz Luna, 37, and Helder Manera Mauleon, 31, according to the Merced County Coroner’s Office.

The victims died after being shot just before 10 p.m. March 20 in the 7000 block of Onyx Avenue in Winton, the Merced County Sheriff’s Department reported.

No suspects have been arrested and the motive remains under investigation.

Deputies responded to a call of shots fired and found Mauleon and Luna in the garage of a residence, according to Deputy Ed Katen.

A third man was found inside the home, with injuries. Deputies said he is expected to survive.

Both victims in the garage were pronounced dead at the scene.

Eight people have been victims of homicide this year in Merced County.

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