Arrest made in Salt Lake City fatal shooting

Published: Saturday, Aug. 31 2013 6:10 p.m. MDT

Salt Lake City police are investigating a homicide after a man was found dead on a sidewalk with a gunshot wound to the head. Authorities said the man was found near 970 South and 300 West.


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SALT LAKE CITY — Police arrested a man Saturday in connection with the fatal shooting of a man found on a Salt Lake sidewalk.

Nicholas James Valdez, 27, was arrested on suspicion of homicide in the death of 28-year-old David Gonzalez, according to Salt Lake police.

Nelson Torres, a cousin of Gonzalez, issued a family statement saying, "David was a loyal, loving, heartfelt individual who will be severely missed and thought of every day by his whole family."

According to a resident in the area, a gun was found in the backyard of a nearby house and a business owner on the same street said he gave police surveillance tape to review. Police have not identified a motive for the killing.

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