Victim's cousin suspected in West Valley homicide

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PHOENIX -- A night of partying ended with a violent death in a West Valley neighborhood, and police believe the victim's cousin might be responsible.

Neighbors heard "thumps"

The victim's family has identifed the 28-year-old as Gaspar Dominquez. His bloody shirt was found lying in the street near his home in the area of 35th and Glendale avenues.

Investigators think Dominquez spent most of Sunday night fighting at a party with a man believed to be his cousin.

It's not clear what led up to the final confrontation at about 2 a.m., but neighbors reported hearing arguing and later what they described as two "loud thumps." Those neighbors didn't think anything about what they'd heard until police showed up Monday morning.

When party-goers went outside, they reportedly found one man laying bleeding in the street and another speeding off.

There was no evidence at the scene indicating that Dominquez had been shot. His family believes he might have been run over.

According to a family friend, the family has been deserately trying to contact the cousin, but at this point, they have no idea where he might be.

Police have not officially released the suspect's name. Investigators said they are tracking down several leads.

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