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Merced homicide victim identified

A man shot and killed over the weekend on West 11th Street was identified Monday as a 25-year-old Merced resident.

Victor Manuel Cati died at a regional hospital a short time after Merced police officers found him suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, the Merced County Coroner’s Office told the Sun-Star.

No arrests have been made.

Capt. Tom Trindad said Monday police had no new information to release.

Police responded just before 2:30 a.m. Saturday to a report of shots fired. Officers found Cati suffering from numerous gunshot wounds in the 100 block of West 11th Street, near I Street, officers said.

Paramedics rushed the victim to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead about one hour later, police said.

Investigators believe the case may be gang-related.

The homicide is the 10th reported of 2014 in Merced, and the 21st in Merced County. In 2013, Merced County reported a record number of homicides at 29, with just four occurring in the city of Merced.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about the death to call Sgt. Scott Skinner at (209) 385-4702 or the department’s automated tip line at (209) 385-4725. Tips are confidential and callers may remain anonymous.

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