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Sheriff Youngblood says man found dead in apt. is likely a victim of South Bakersfield mass shooting

Posted at 1:22 PM, Jul 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-26 16:22:19-04

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said on Tuesday that a man found dead last week in his South Bakersfield apartment is likely a victim of a mass shooting earlier this month.

Miguel Bravo, 21, of Bakersfield was found dead in his apartment on Belle Terrace on July 18, just two days after 14 people were shot on nearby Stephens Drive.

KCSO investigators were looking into whether the cases were connected, but Sheriff Youngblood commented on the incident during a budget hearing at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday as part of funding for public safety.

"We believe (Bravo's) death will be related (to the mass shooting)", Sheriff Youngblood said. "It was only 500 yards away where the round went through the door."

The Kern County Coroner's Office hasn't officially declared Bravo's death as a homicide or officially identified him or his cause of death yet, but KCSO said in an initial press release that Bravo's death is a homicide investigation and his body had displayed signs of trauma.

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