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Richard Sprague, the man who was killed on Feb. 19 on Julian Ave. appears to have been strangled, according to SFPD.

Although autopsy results won’t be released for another few weeks, Homicide Inspector John Cagney told the Bay Area Reporter that an examination was done by medical examiner staff at the scene and “preliminary indications” show  it was strangulation.

Julian Avenue residents previously told Mission Loc@l that they heard screams around 2 a.m. the morning the homicide happened but didn’t think anything of it.

It wasn’t until several hours later that a resident noticed the man belly up on Julian Avenue wasn’t moving. She then called 911.

Police said they received a call at 7:42 a.m. and officers were at the scene shortly after. They found Sprague unconscious and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators canvassed the area and interviewed residents. No surveillance video was found at this time, Officer Albie Esparza said.

At a police meeting earlier this week, Mission Police Station Captain Robert Moser told residents that he would host a presentation to teach people how to report crime.