Man’s body found in empty lot in Oceanside

OCEANSIDE, Calif. -- Detectives Wednesday investigated a suspected murder near an empty lot just blocks from a local park.

A man's body was found on a sidewalk near Dubuque and Mc Neil streets at about 5:15 that morning, Oceanside police spokesman Tom Bussey said. The man, who appeared to be in his 20s, sustained an injury to his upper body.

The intersection is next to an empty tract of land east of Interstate 5 and south of state Route 76 and the San Luis Rey River. It's about two blocks from Joe Balderrama Park.

Police have not released the victim's identity, but his family tells FOX 5 that he was 25-year-old Erik Ramsey.

“He wasn’t a perfect kid, but he was my son. He was my son. My son! They took my son from me. My son! My baby boy! I’m not supposed to bury my children,” Melinda Gachupin, Ramsey's mother, said.

Gachupin said she has not only lost her youngest child, but her two granddaughters are now without a father.

“They’re never going to see their dad again. It’s sad, the way these streets are. These streets are treacherous. They have no love for anybody,” Gachupin said. 

Gachupin is asking for the violence to end and is begging for answers in her son's death.

“Please somebody say something! Please! Please! I’m asking. I need help. I need answers,” Gachupin said. 

Detectives from the Oceanside Police Department's crimes of violence unit are investigating the death and urged anyone with information to call the OPD at 760-435-4911, or Detective Erik Ellgard at 760-435-4748.