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A body found on Spanish Town Road early Sunday morning was that of a homicide victim, according to Baton Rouge Police Department detectives.

A passerby discovered the body just after 9 a.m. in the 1100 block of Spanish Town Road. BRPD spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely said in a news release Sunday night that the victim, a black male whom authorities have not yet identified, had been shot multiple times.

The motive and suspect remain unknown, and police are urging anyone with information on the homicide to contact BRPD's Violent Crimes Unit at 225-389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.

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