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Miami police identify man found shot to death on sidewalk

Police believe Jose Ceruto, 44, was victim of robbery

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MIAMI – Police have identified a man who was found dead on a Miami sidewalk Wednesday as 44-year-old Jose Ceruto.

Ceruto's body was found about 3 a.m. with multiple gunshot wounds in the area of Northwest 53rd Street and Fifth Avenue.

Police said Ceruto may have been the victim of a robbery, and believe he was shot sometime around midnight Wednesday.

Miami Fire Rescue pronounced Ceruto dead at the scene.

Miami Police spokeswoman Kenia Fallat said Ceruto "frequented the area and would often assist those less fortunate."

"He was known for his charitable ways," Fallat said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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