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Burnaby murder victim identified

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A man who died after being found on a pathway near the Lougheed SkyTrain station last week has been identified as Marvin Benitez, 21, of Burnaby.

Police have not yet confirmed a motive but the incident is not being considered a random act and does not appear gang related, said the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) in a news release.

"IHIT continues to work with investigators from the Burnaby RCMP to piece together the story of what occurred on Thursday evening," said IHIT spokesperson Sgt. Adam MacIntosh.

On Feb. 6 at about 7:30 p.m., Burnaby RCMP were called to help a male in cardiac arrest on a well-travelled pathway near Austin Road and Lougheed Highway.

First responders found the man being assisted by a passerby. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival. IHIT has since taken over the investigation.

Benitez's cause of death, injuries and any suspect information is not being released at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this homicide is asked to call the IHIT Tipline at 1-877-551-4448 or email ihittipline@rcmp-grc.gc.ca. To remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip at Solvecrime.ca.

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