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Affidavit: Man found dead in Lower Valley canal was a father of 3, strangled to death

Affidavit: Man found dead in Lower Valley canal was a father of 3, strangled to death

The arrest affidavit for the man that was found dead in a canal in the Lower Valley revealed that he was homeless and he had suffered blunt force trauma, strangulation, lacerations to his face and head, and broken ribs among other injuries.

Christopher Jorge Ramirez, 24, was charged with murder in the death of Saul Hernandez, 41, who was found dead and naked in the canal at 100 Pendale Road near Aranda Lane on Aug. 6, according to police.

The arrest affidavit said the autopsy revealed that Hernandez's body had several injuries, including lacerations to his face and head, blunt force trauma to his upper torso and ligature marks to his neck and throat, and broken ribs.

The arrest affidavit mentioned that Hernandez was homeless and would spend most of his time with other homeless people in the area of Yarbrough and Alameda.

Ramirez got into an argument with Hernandez and other homeless people at a Mister Carwash located at the 8100 block of Alameda, according to the arrest report.

Witnesses told police that Ramirez woke Hernandez from his sleep and both left.

Police believe the incident happened around 12:30 a.m. of that day.

On Aug. 10 police reached out to Ramirez asking him for an interview regarding the incident.

Police say Ramirez admitted to committing the offense.

Hernandez was a father of three, according to the mother of his children who had an 11 year relationship.

Hernandez children are ages 19,16, and 12. He also had a brand new grandson in June.

The mother of his children said he "a kind hearted person, always helping and giving when he had close to nothing."

She also said Hernandez loved music.




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