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Police ID victim of fatal East Palo Alto shooting

Police hunt for suspects and motive in early-morning shooting

The man who was shot and killed in East Palo Alto early Saturday morning has been identified as Ernesto Benites Valverde, 37, a dishwasher at a Peninsula country club, police reported.

There is no indication of gang involvement in the killing, or any sign of a party or disturbance preceding the shooting, police said.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting at about 1:45 a.m. in the 1900 block of Capitol Avenue.

Officers found Valverde, and paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting is asked to contact the East Palo Alto Police Department at 650-321-1112.

— Bay City News Service

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