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Merced police identify first homicide of 2009

5:40 p.m.: The victim has been identified as Derrias Orlando Chartley, a 21-year-old male who was living in San Francisco but frequented the Merced area, police said.


Earlier: The city of Merced has reported this year's first homicide, following a shooting at a bar early Saturday morning.

The identity of the victim, a 21-year-old black male adult, has not been released, and details about the crime remain sketchy.

The death was reported around 1:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the V Lounge, located at 1277 V Street, according to Lt. Tom Trindad. Police responded to the scene after receiving calls about a fight and a shooting.

The victim was found on the ground when police arrived at the scene.

For more details, check www.mercedsun-star later today.

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