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San Jose: Suspect arrested in murder of man found in alley

SAN JOSE — A suspect has been arrested in the murder of a 27-year-old man whose body was found in an alley south of downtown San Jose earlier this year, authorities said.
Joseph Apodaca 
Joseph Apodaca, 37, of San Jose, was taken into custody Wednesday by the San Jose Police Department’s Covert Response Unit and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on a murder charge. He is being held without bail, according to online jail records.

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Rene Morales’ body was found in an alley on the 700 block of South 2nd Street on May 18.
The death was deemed suspicious, and homicide detectives eventually determined the victim had been involved in a fight with Apodaca, who he knew, said Sgt. Enrique Garcia.
Cesar Anaya, who raised funds for Morales’ funeral, described Morales as witty and bubbly. Morales also had a young daughter “who meant everything to him,” Anaya said.
Anyone with information about the case can contact Detective Sgt. Mike Montonye or Detective Elizabeth Ramirez at 408-277-5283.
Those wishing to remain anonymous can leave a tip with Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP (7867) or . Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward.
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