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Police mystified over body found on Garden City lawn

Police tape closes off the scene on Meadow

Police tape closes off the scene on Meadow Street where a victim was found stabbed Thursday. (Oct. 23, 2009) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Nassau detectives are appealing to the public for information after a man was found apparently stabbed to death in front of a Garden City house.

The dead man, tentatively identified as Jairo Vasquez, had stab wounds in his chest, back, arms, hands and head when village police responding to a 911 call just after 10 p.m. Thursday found him on the front lawn of a house on Meadow Street, county police spokesman Det. Sgt. Anthony Repalone said Friday.

Vasquez's slaying was the second homicide in Nassau County in just over 24 hours. On Wednesday night, two men were shot, one fatally, on a Freeport street corner in what detectives suspect could be the result of gang rivalries. That case too remains unsolved.

In the stabbing, Repalone said, the witness who called 911 saw a dispute between two or three people who had gotten out of a vehicle and confronted Vasquez. Police believe Vasquez, who appeared to be in his 30s, was stabbed in front of the Meadow Street house.

Detectives also found a bicycle nearby, which may have belonged to Vasquez, Repalone said.

Vasquez, who had no ID with him when he died, could be from nearby Hempstead, Repalone said. Meadow Street is a short distance from the village border. Police had tentatively identified Vasquez with the help of a half-brother who went to the crime scene, Repalone said, but was unable to provide much information.

Repalone asked anyone with information to call the department's CrimeStoppers line: 800-244-TIPS.

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