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Murder crime scene identified

By Daniel Silliman

dsilliman@news-daily.com

Clayton County Police turned their most recent murder investigation over to Forest Park Police Thursday after detectives discovered a bloody crime scene within the city limits.

The body of an Hispanic teenager was spotted by a field custodian Wednesday morning off Gilbert Road. The area is in the northern edge of Clayton County.

The male teen had been shot twice in the chest and dumped on the wood line next to a baseball field, visible from the road and visible to the field's custodian when he unlocked the front gate at 10:30 a.m.

The death was ruled a homicide and the dead man was identified as Raymond Sanchez, an 18-year-old from Morrow, Forest Park Police Major Chris Matson said.

Clayton detectives received information from someone claiming to have recently spoken with Sanchez, and the unidentified witness told detectives he had been with the teen victim at a house on Old Jonesboro Road in Forest Park, said Clayton County Officer Sonja Sanchez (who is not related to the victim.)

When detectives went to the house, "they saw the blood," Officer Sanchez said.

There was blood in the driveway, and detectives came to the conclusion that the 18-year-old was shot there.

It was not clear, Thursday night, how the blood in Forest Park had been connected to the dead body dumped next to a baseball field, but Matson said police had honed in on the location early in the investigation, and Forest Park detectives worked it using many strong leads.

"Detectives are trying to work as fast as they can," he said.

Though some television news stations reported that the shooting was drug-related, Matson said it is too early to speculate on a motive for the 18-year-old's killing.