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Police: Man found near Paradise Beach was stabbed to death, not shot

Enrico Luster.
Enrico Luster. Sacramento Police

A man found dead last week near the American River’s Paradise Beach who was initially believed to have been shot was stabbed to death, according to Sacramento police.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department received an anonymous tip about 4:45 p.m. Sept. 27 that a man was dead near Paradise Beach, which is close to the River Park neighborhood. The Sheriff’s Department contacted Sacramento police because the body was found in police jurisdiction.

Police requested help from park rangers and the Sacramento Fire Department in the search. Searchers found a man’s body about a quarter-mile north of the park.

Sacramento County coroner’s officials identified him as 50-year-old Enrico Luster. His hometown was not available. Luster also went by “Rico” or “Raker.”

According to the U.S. Trotting Association, Luster drove and trained harness horses at Cal Expo during an eight-year career that ended in 2003. As a driver, he recorded 72 victories out of 852 career starts, winning more than $304,000. He had less success as a trainer, winning five races from 63 starts and about $24,000.

Born in San Francisco, the 5-foot-3 Luster weighed 105 pounds, according to his USTA license.

Luster appeared to have been dead for two or three days and was stabbed, police said. A bicycle and bags were near his body.

Police had not identified suspects or a motive.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews