ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Rochester police officials say a man was found dead in a vehicle on the city’s west side Tuesday.

In an update provided Wednesday, authorities identified the victim as 44-year-old Rashad Jamal Byrd.

Within that update, the Rochester Police Department in part stated:

“Although no additional information can be released at this time regarding manner of death, or location of crime, his death has been ruled a criminal homicide.”

Authorities say the death has been ruled as suspicious and is being investigated as a homicide. The investigation is centered around a vehicle near the corner of Brown and Silver Streets.

According to RPD Capt. Frank Umbrino, the victim, described as a man in his 30s or 40s, was found dead in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. Officers responded after a passerby driving down Brown Street saw him unresponsive and contacted police.

“He does appear to be the victim of a murder,” Umbrino said. “The victim was found in the vehicle, and we don’t know much beyond that at this point. Once the medical examiner gets here, hopefully we’ll know a little bit more and that can point us in the right direction.”

Officers responded to the location shortly before 12 p.m.

This incident marks the 66th homicide so far this year in the city, as Rochester is on pace for its deadliest year in history.

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