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UPDATED Homicide victim identified

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imagesUpdated 4:27 p.m. Tuesday, December 8

Law enforcement officials have identified the city’s third homicide victim this year as Darin Gregory Vinall.

Alameda Police Lt. Bill Scott said police found Vinall dead in his bedroom Wednesday night of a single gunshot wound above his torso. He said police don’t yet know when he was killed.

Scott said Vinall’s sister-in-law called police and asked them to check on him after she stopped by his home in the 100 block of Parfait Lane and he failed to answer the door. Scott said she found newspapers piled up at his door, which was unusual because he was an avid newspaper reader. He said Vinall had ot been seen in days.

Scott said the department is actively investigating the case and that it recovered evidence from the scene of the homicide.

“We’re conducting numerous interviews and we have an awful lot to do,” Scott said.

Scott said Vinall had been arrested on July 21 and charged two days later with committing a lewd and lascivious act with a child under the age of 14. He said the alleged incident had been shared with a mandated reporter – someone who is legally required to report alleged sexual crimes – on June 10 and that police learned of it from the mandated reporter on July 18. Court records show he was slated to appear in court in Oakland on Tuesday afternoon.

Vinall, 40, was a real estate agent who worked for Harbor Bay Realty.

A Facebook page set up in Vinall’s memory bore a message saying a memorial service was being planned by his family for December 13 or December 14.

“Still anxiously awaiting more information on who could have possible done this horrific act,” said a note on the page, which was set up by Vinall’s sister, Traci Vinall Gellman.

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