Police identify victim in Southcrest homicide

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SAN DIEGO -- Police on Friday released the identity of a man who was found dead in a parked car in Southcrest on Wednesday.

Patrol officers responding to a report of a possible traffic accident in the 4000 block of Boston Avenue around 11:50 a.m. found 20-year-old Ismail Abouabid mortally wounded behind the wheel of a parked vehicle. San Diego police said Abouabid was bleeding from the head.

Abouabid, who had recently relocated to San Diego from Erie, Pennsylvania, was pronounced dead at the scene, Lt. Matt Dobbs said.

The victim's brother told Fox 5 he moved to Los Angeles in November and spent a couple of months there before moving to San Diego.

“Last time I spoke to my brother was Sunday. He told me he was doing good -- got an apartment -- he was making money. He was going to save up, start his own business," said Amine Abouabid, the victim's brother.

Police initially reported that the man apparently had been shot to death but later backed off from those statements

"It is very early in the investigation, and little is known about the events leading to (his) death," Dobbs said. "The mechanism for the man's injury is not being released at this time."

Witnesses told investigators three male teenagers had been with the victim shortly before his death.

"The group of teenagers walked away towards a nearby park just before the victim was discovered with the injury," the lieutenant said.

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