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Two men found dead in lot near Central

Albuquerque police were at the scene where two men were found dead in a open area just north of Central Avenue at 60th Street on Saturday. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Albuquerque police were at the scene where two men were found dead in a open area just north of Central Avenue at 60th Street on Saturday. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two men were found dead in a vacant lot near 60th Street and Central Avenue on Saturday morning, and the Albuquerque Police Department hasn’t released much information.

The two men have not been identified by police.

Someone called 911 after finding the bodies, and “detectives are following possible leads at this time,” an APD news release said.

Neighbors and nearby business owners said the lot, just north of Central, is a popular hangout for transients.

“There are often homeless people around here; they come and sleep in the shade,” said Matthew Sierra, co-owner of New Mexico Vape, which borders the lot off Central. “It hurt business for a little while. But there hasn’t been anything like this in the three years we’ve been here.”

Crime scene tape was strung around the lot Saturday afternoon, and an APD mobile crime center was parked in the middle.

Nearby stood a memorial for Michael Marquez, killed by police almost three years ago in an unrelated incident.

Neighbor Naomi Cardenas said police told her the deaths of the two men were violent. She has lived in the area for three years, she said, and has seen the two men before.

Their bodies were carried out and loaded into a white van early Saturday morning, she said.

She said they often hung out and drank in the lot. She said she didn’t know their names and had never talked to them.

“They never did nothing to nobody. They were always hanging around there, but they were never a problem,” Cardenas said.

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