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Roommate arrested in death of 51-year-old Monterey Park man

A 59-year-old Monterey Park man has been arrested in connection with the death Wednesday of one of his roommates.

Authorities found a 51-year-old male roommate dead on the floor of an attached garage after responding about 3:40 a.m. to the 500 block of Florence Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The man was not immediately identified.

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After four men who live at the location were detained for questioning, the Sheriff's Department announced that Yao Zhomg Shi, 59, would be booked on suspicion of homicide.

It was unclear how the man died, but a Los Angeles County coroner's official said he was beaten. An official Thursday morning said an exam was scheduled before the end of the day.

The department said the investigation is ongoing and it was unclear if anyone else would be charged in connection with the death.

The apparent homicide is only the 16th in Monterey Park since 2007, according to The Times' Homicide Report.

The last homicide occurred Feb. 15, 2013, when 25-year-old Emmanuel Joseph Franco was killed near the intersection of South Atlantic Boulevard and Harding Avenue.

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