Shooting Victim Identified, Murder Investigation Continues

LEXINGTON, KY -- An off-duty Lexington Police Officer discovered a 19-year old Lexington Hispanic male critically injured Friday night in west Lexington. The victim later died at the University of Kentucky Hospital.

The Fayette County Coroner's Office has identified the victim as 19-year old Luis Quiroz. Deputy Coroner Miles C. White II has ruled the death was from a gunshot wound to the head, and that the death is a homicide.

Quiroz was discovered about 9:30 p.m., Friday when the off-duty patrol officer from the Division of Police was traveling on Trail Wood Lane near Alexandria Drive. The officer stopped for what he thought was a vehicle that was broken down in the roadway, say Lexington Police.

The officer found Quiroz in the car and discovered he was suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound. The victim was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where he died a short time later, report police.

Police are asking anyone with information relating to this investigation to contact the Personal Crimes Section at (859) 258-3700 or Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020.

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