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* Jose Luis Garcia Murdered in Salinas

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Police are investigating the fatal, robbery-related attack on a 57-year-old Salinas man who died Thursday at the hospital.  Jose Luis Garcia was found in an apartment complex parking lot in the 900 block of Madeira Avenue at 3:50 a.m. on Sunday with life threatening, blunt-force injuries to his head and upper body, police said. Garcia was airlifted to a hospital, where he remained in critical condition until he was taken off life support and died Thursday, according to police.

Police believe that Garcia received the injuries that led to his death during a robbery and possibly a carjacking. A video shows Garcia Sunday at 2 a.m. leaving Jaime’s Lounge in the 200 block of Salinas Street, where he was a regular pool player but did not drink because of a medical condition, police said. The video, they added, does not indicate that Garcia was under duress while leaving the bar. Police say that it is not known were Garcia went after he left the bar, but that he never made it to his south Salinas home.

On Monday, police found Garcia’s car, a dark gray Ford Focus less than a half-mile from the Bonnie Dunes Apartment parking lot where he was found. The car had been vandalized and investigators found blood inside, police said. Police said they were initially unable to identify Garcia because they could find no wallet or identification on him, but eventually learned who he was by his fingerprints. Garcia’s death marked Salinas’s 10th homicide of 2012.

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