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Police investigate city's 90th murder

Memphis police are looking for at least two suspects in the city's latest murder. It happened in an apartment complex occupied mostly by Latino immigrants.

Now friends and family members of the victim are doing what they can to send him back home. Julio Banegas' family is trying to raise enough money to send his body back to his native Honduras, so his mother can bury him there.

"They told us that they won't keep the body long, so we've got to try to get the money up soon," said Brenda Alvarado, Banegas' family member.

Alvarado placed collection boxes - with Banegas' picture on them - in Latino businesses.

According to police, Banegas is Memphis' 90th homicide vicitm.

"They try and rob this guy, you know, the guys started fighting, you know - somebody come and shoot him," said the victim's friend Saul Rivera.

Police said they found Banegas in the stairwell of his apartment complex on Macon. He had been shot in the chest.

Witnesses said he was the victim of a deadly robbery.

"He had an uncle out here with him and he told me that they walked up and they just basically said, you know, give me your money and he pushed him and tried to fight him and they shot him," said Alvarado.

Alvarado said there's a feeling in the apratment complex that the members of their community are a growing target of similar crimes.

"Most of them are illegal," said Alvarado. "They can't get bank accounts. They know that you know when they get paid on Friday they probably have cash in their pocket."

She also said there's a growing fear that any of them could be the next victim.

If you have any information that can help police please call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH.

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