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A Winston-Salem Police Department squad car blocks off the street Sept. 2 after a body was found at the Jon-Arch Apartments.

A man found dead outside of his apartment in September was stabbed with a pair of scissors, according to his autopsy.

Police found Luis Ceferino Escamilla, 38, lying outside of his apartment complex on Brookline Street the morning of Sept. 2. Police originally identified Escamilla, a Mexican citizen, as Luis Torres but learned his true identity after obtaining immigration documents, according to the autopsy performed by Forsyth County Medical Examiner Mark Giffen.

At the time of the killing, police declined to say how Escamilla died, describing the circumstances only as a “violent confrontation.”

Someone stabbed Escamilla in the right cheek and in his chest several times with a pair of scissors, according to the autopsy. Escamilla was in his apartment when he was stabbed, the autopsy and police have said.

According to the toxicology report, Escamilla had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.39 percent, or nearly five times the legal driving limit, at the time of his death.

Police had difficulty identifying Escamilla because he has no immediate family living in the area. After reaching out to the Mexican consulate, a cousin came forward and identified him as Luis Torres, which later turned out to be an alias.

There have been no arrests made in Escamilla’s death.

Authorities ask anyone with information about the crime to contact police at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800. Crime Stoppers also has a Spanish-language line, which can be reached by dialing 336-728-3904.

There have been 24 people killed in Winston-Salem so far in 2019, according to police data.

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