UPDATE: Man found in alley was murdered, police say

UPDATE | Authorities on Monday confirmed that a man who died after being found in a North Long Beach alleyway last month was likely murdered.

The victim, identified as 55-year-old Long Beach resident Marc Ramirez, died from blunt trauma, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.

Ramirez was found severely injured around 1 a.m. on Jan. 5 in an alley near 68th Street and Paramount Boulevard, according to authorities. He died on Jan. 31 in a hospital, police said.

However, until the coroner finished examining his body on Feb. 8, authorities weren’t sure his death was a homicide, police said.

Nevertheless, detectives were already investigating his death.

On Feb. 4, Long Beach police asked anyone with information about what happened to call detectives Shea Robertson or Travis Harris at 562-570-7244.

Anonymous tips can be submitted through LA Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-8477 or by visiting LACrimeStoppers.org.

PREVIOUSLY: Police seek witnesses after North Long Beach death

2/4/2020 at 5:39 p.m. | Long Beach police are asking witnesses to come forward after a man was severely injured in a North Long Beach alley.

The man, identified as Marc Ramirez, 55, of Long Beach, died of his injuries a few weeks later at a local hospital. Police were notified of his death on Jan. 31.

He was found at 1 a.m. on Jan. 5 in an alley near 68th Street and Paramount Boulevard.

“The victim was located breathing, but was unresponsive, suffering from injuries to his upper torso,” police said.

Police do not know what exactly caused the man’s injuries and are waiting for the Los Angeles County Coroner to determine his cause of death, a spokeswoman for the department said.

“Due to the victim’s injuries, homicide detectives will continue to investigate the incident,” police said. “There is no suspect information at this time and we ask anyone that might have witnessed this incident to please contact our detectives.”

Police ask that witnesses contact detectives Shea Robertson or Travis Harris at 562-570-7244. Anonymous tips can be submitted through LA Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-8477 or by visiting www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.
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