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* Richard Sprague found dead in San Francisco on Julian Avenue

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A man who was found dead in San Francisco’s Mission District on Sunday morning appears to have been murdered, a police spokesman said today. The victim, identified by the medical examiner’s office as 47-year-old Richard Sprague, was found in the 100 block of Julian Avenue, near 15th Street, around 7:45 a.m. by officers responding to a report of a man lying on the ground, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

The caller told police the man had been there since 6:30 a.m. and hadn’t moved, police said. The man, later identified as Sprague, was pronounced dead at the scene. The case is being treated as a homicide, but Esparza said it was not a stabbing, as was initially reported in the media. The cause of death has not yet been determined. No suspect information was available as of this morning, Esparza said. The murder is San Francisco’s eighth of 2012.

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  • murders in the bay area almost seem routine.8 in sf and 50 in oakland already this year. drugs and booze seem to be the common factor in homocidal acts but theft cannot be ruled out. Sprague was 47…might have just been walking to get groceries when gang members beat him to death for his money or to gain “gang” initiation…police seem powerless in the current political climate. the neighborhood contact between police and citizen has been destroyed.

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