Martinez Teen's Body Found in Concord's Hillcrest Park, Motive Unclear: Police

Homicide investigators blanketed a popular Concord park early Tuesday morning trying to figure out who killed a teen whose body was found there.

Police have identified the victim as 16-year-old Luis Estrada of Martinez. They say he was shot at least once. This death marks the city’s fourth homicide this year, compared to three homicides in 2014.

"It's pretty uncommon," Cprl. Christopher Blakeley said. "This is a relatively safe park."

Lt. David Hughes said someone who was walking through Hillcrest Park called in Luis Estrada's body at 12:05 a.m. The caller remained at the scene until police arrived. The body was found in the southeast corner of the park. 

The park is near a  playground for children with disabilities called Mateo's Dream.

Detectives are looking into all potential motives for the homicide, as well as the possibility that it may be gang-related or connected to other recent homicides in the city.

At this time, Hughes said it is unclear what happened before the shooting.

Anyone with information about this case should call Detective Adam Hart at (925) 671-3040. Anyone who wants to remain anonymous can call the Concord Police Department Tip-line at (925) 603-5836.

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