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Sarasota police investigating first homicide of 2014

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SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Just a few hours into the new year, Sarasota had its first homicide.

Police say 50-year-old Johnny Luna was killed on 4th street after he left a relative's house early Wednesday morning.

At this time, police are being tight-lipped on the details.

A group of relatives live along 4th street in Sarasota, and sadly on New Year's Day, one of them was taken away.

The victim's sister Alycia Luna said, "My mom told me that my brother's dead."

Sarasota police got the call at around 4:25 Wednesday morning, 50-year-old Johnny Luna was lying on the street.

First responders arrived and soon declared him dead at the scene.

"We are letting the community know that they are not in any danger," said Sarasota Police spokesperson Genevieve Judge.

Family members say he had just walked away from a relative's house when someone encountered him.

"Obviously I think somebody must have been waiting here for him 'cuz how were they gonna know that he was coming from my uncle's here," said Luna.

One local said it's not a nice neighborhood.

"There's a lot of violence going on, there's a lot of drugs going on, a little bit of everything," said Saul Tovar, who knew the victim.

"Johnny is the kind of guy that would help anybody. I mean, he picks up homeless and he helps them for food and everything," said Alycia Luna.

At this time, police have not released the manner of death.

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