Police ID man found dead in Phoenix alley

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(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Phoenix police have identified a man whose body was found in an alley Thursday afternoon.

He is 26-year-old Malachi Elisa Muhammad.

"All evidence discovered to this point has led investigators to believe this was an accidental death," Phoenix Police Sgt. Jonathan Howard said Saturday.

"There are continuing community reports that this may have been a bias crime incident (hate crime.) There is no evidence to support these rumors," he added.  

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Officers responded to the area of North Seventh Street shortly before 4:30 p.m. Thursday about an injured man.

When officers arrived, they found the victim dead.

The Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office will be consulted to determine the cause of death.

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