Johnstown police identify murder victim

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Investigators say 19-year-old Abdul Wright was shot and killed near an alley off of Oak Street in Johnstown. His body wasn’t discovered for two days.

Police were called to the area for reports of gunshots fired around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday morning, but didn’t find anything. Two days later, a neighbor spotted Wright’s body in a back yard and called police.

Police Chief Robert Johnson said police searched the area, but it would have been difficult to spot Wright’s body.

“It’s a partially abandoned property and as explained to me, there was multiple pieces of junk that would have made it problematic to be seen,” said Chief Johnson,

The delay and the weather are making this investigation difficult. So far, there are no leads on a suspect.

Police say Wright’s brother, Darryl Thomas, was injured in a shooting in the West End in May, but can’t say if the two shootings are connected.

“We can’t say it’s related to anything. Between the two-day lapse between when he was discovered and when he was killed that puts us behind the eight ball,” Johnson said. “If I recall correctly, we had rain. That washes your scene and everything else. So, with the rain and the body being out there for two days, is certainly a factor in that.”

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

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