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Keith Allen Cox, 44

Keith Allen Cox, a 44-year-old black man, was found dead Monday, Jan. 5, in the 2700 block of California Avenue on the border of Signal Hill, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Shortly after 7 a.m., a man was driving to work when he found Cox’s body in a vacant lot, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Cox was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:44 a.m. by paramedics, said Ed Winter, assistant chief of investigations for the coroner’s office. An autopsy showed that Cox died of a gunshot wound, he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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