A man’s body that was found on Niles Canyon and Palomares roads Sunday has been identified as 26-year-old Max Lopez-Balmes of Fremont.
Crews responded at about 2:45 p.m. to a report of a man's body and today, police said he was killed and they are working the mystery of his killing.
"He was my best friend we would do everything together," said brother Elias Lopez. "Justice is to find the guys or people who did it."
On Sunday, two hikers noticed Lopez-Balmes’ body near the railroad tracks adjacent to Niles Canyon Road about a mile east of Palomares Road.
Detectives aren’t saying how he was killed but they say knowing his identity will help in the investigation.
"Even if we find justice it won’t take the pain and loss that we have," said the victim’s mother.
Anyone with information on Lopez-Balmes is asked to contact the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.