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Man found dead near 110 Freeway in Highland Park is identified

A 52-year-old man found dead by the 110 Freeway in Highland Park has been identified, authorities said.

Ruben Castaneda, 52, was discovered Tuesday night in a dirt area near the northbound lanes of the freeway with a single gunshot wound, said Lt. David Smith of the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Castaneda's city of residence hasn't been identified, Smith added.

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Witnesses told police they heard four or five gunshots that night, but they could not provide a description of the attacker.

There have been 32 homicides in Highland Park since January 2007, according to the Times Homicide Report Database.

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