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Death of homeless man declared a homicide

Police say they have located, interviewed and released a man they wanted to question in connection to the shooting death of a homeless man on Monday.
Police say they have located, interviewed and released a man they wanted to question in connection to the shooting death of a homeless man on Monday.
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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake police are now calling the death of a homeless man on Monday a homicide.

The body of Anthony Paul Hernandez, 36, was found near the Jordan River Parkway, 800 N. Riverside Drive. His death had been labeled "suspicious" by police, until Thursday when it was officially declared a homicide.

Christian Fuentes, 22, was questioned by Salt Lake police Thursday and released, according to the department. They did not say where he was found, whether he had been cleared or would be interviewed again, or whether his interview helped detectives to classify Hernandez's death as a murder case.

Hernandez was reportedly homeless.

Utah state court records show Hernandez had numerous charges, mostly misdemeanors, filed against him in the past year. Salt Lake police say they were also familiar with Hernandez, who was either a suspect or person of interest in several current investigations into violent incidents around the homeless shelter, 210 S. Rio Grande St.