By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A Lubbock man will spend his first night behind bars charged with murder and another is dead after police discovered the body of Danny Brazeal, 40, on the west side of the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Saturday.
Around 7:20 a.m. Saturday, Lubbock police responded to their seventh homicide of the year. "We got a call about a possible dead body here at the Civic Center. Officers responded and found a victim. We've started a full homicide investigation," said Lt. Jon Caspell, LPD.
In the 9-1-1 call a man told police he had killed someone and where to find the body which lead police directly to 40-year-old Danny Brazeal who had been stabbed to death overnight. "He was located in kind of in a secluded area," said Lt. Caspell.
Authorities say Brazeal's body was well hidden in a nook outside the Civic Center. "The situation and call was very fluid and we were able to identify a possible suspect early on in the investigation," said Lt. Caspell.
Around the same time police found Brazeal's body, they arrested 21-year-old Eric Perez in a home just walking distance from the scene. Perez has since been charged with murder.
Authorities believe Brazeal was homeless and that Perez might not have known him at the time. "An initial investigation shows that there may not have been a prior history and this may have been more of a random act we'll have more on that as the investigation unfolds," added Lt. Caspell.
This is the second homicide in less than a week. Right now there is no indication this murder is connected to Wednesday's homicide at the Canyon Lake system, but police are investigating all possibilities.
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