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Father found dead
Neighbor: Victim was family oriented

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville man known to neighbors only as "Pedro" was found slain at home Sunday evening, a shock to nearby residents who called the victim a hard-working, amiable small-business man.

The victim's teenage son found him in his garage about 6:30 p.m. and called 911, according to police. Emergency personnel arrived at the Shannon Way residence and quickly determined that foul play was involved, police said.

Police did not name the victim, who was Hispanic, nor did they say how he was killed. No suspects have been identified.

The victim's next-door neighbor, who declined to identify himself, referred to the victim as "Pedro," a doting father of two adolescents and a mechanic who owned a wrecker business, he said. The victim is about 45 years old and married to a woman who is currently in Mexico, the neighbor said.

The victim's son found his father in a multi-story, wood-sided barn that doubles as a shop behind the home, apparently stabbed in his shoulder area and beaten across the head, the neighbor said. "Pedro" had lived in the home for a few years, he said.

"He was a good guy, real quiet. It's a real shock," the victim's neighbor said. "You never think you'd wake up and have this next to your house."

Crime scene investigators continued trolling the victim's one-story, brick home - and a green Dodge Ram 1500 in the driveway - for evidence Monday afternoon. His expansive front yard and driveway remained cordoned off, repelling a swarm of reporters.

"Investigators are currently conducting interviews and following leads" to track down the victim's killer, Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said.

Police urge anyone with information about the homicide to call investigators at 770-513-5300.