Police Find Homicide Victim At Topeka Cemetery

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Police are investigating the discovery of a dead body found Monday morning in East Topeka.

Groundskeepers made the discovery. Police responded to a call of a person found dead inside the Topeka Cemetery at 1601 East 10th at 8:19 a.m.

"Originally the workers thought it was probably somebody passed out, intoxicated person, something of that nature. Officers got there and found out it was indeed a dead body," Topeka Police Captain Jerry Stanley said.

Authorities have not released the man's name, but family members identify him as Jonathan Young, 23.

Police confirm the victim is in his 20s, that he was found with multiple gunshot wounds, and had been killed sometime in the 24 hours before they arrived. Because the man wasn't carrying any ID, family members are trying to help in the identification process.

Family members cried out in anguish after a detective showed them cell phone pictures of the victim. A 13 News camera was rolling when a woman who identified herself as the mother of Young's children, threw herself on the ground outside the cemetery.

"They're giving us information. They believe it is their loved one and we are operating off of that any trying to use that information to help them out as well as help is out that that's who we have," Stanley said.

Police are classifying this death as a homicide, the city's 6th of the year.

Police are still investigating. They say they're confident people in the community know something about this crime. If you have any information, you're asked to call detectives at 368-9400 or Crime Stoppers at 234-0007.