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Fargo police investigating homicide

Fargo police are investigating a homicide that occurred overnight.

Police Chief Keith Ternes says shortly after midnight, officers were dispatched to a disturbance in a parking lot near the Cash Wise grocery store. 

"When the officers arrived they located one of the vehicles in the Cash Wise parking lot with the vehicles tires that had been slashed.  A second vehicle was located a few minutes later in a different parking lot just east of Cash Wise, and the officers found two adult males inside of that second vehicle."

Ternes says police then located the body of a deceased black male about a hundred yards east of the car the two men were found in.  He says it appears the victim died of injuries sustained in an assault with a "sharp edged weapon."

Ternes says the two men are in custody and are being questioned about the incident, but no arrests have been made.  He says Fargo police are working with other area law enforcement to follow up other leads in the case.

"We have identified several individuals I would categorize at least as people of interest, I don't think it would be much of a stretch to also categorize them as suspects in this homicide.  We have shared information with other law enforcement agencies in terms of identifying these individuals we would certainly like to speak with.

Ternes says so far the investigation reveals that everyone involved was acquainted with each other, and that the homicide may be associated with some "unlawful drug activity" within the Fargo area.

The victim has been identified as a 26 year old black male with no permanent address.  Ternes says the victim's name will be released once family has been notified.

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