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Riverside slaying suspect lies down on tracks, is killed by train

June 15, 2012 |  5:28 pm

A man suspected of murdering his girlfriend in Riverside lay down on nearby railroad tracks Friday and was struck and killed by a passing train, according to the Riverside Police Department.

Police went to an apartment in the 8800 block of Indiana Avenue about 9:15 a.m. and found a woman dead. The officers saw blood at the scene and suspected foul play, said a statement released by the department.

Detectives determined that the victim’s boyfriend was at the apartment the night before and that “there was a past history of violence between them," said Sgt. Daniel Russell.

While police were searching for the suspect, he lay down on railroad tracks two miles away near Mary Street, where he was struck and killed by a train about 1:30 p.m.

The Riverside County coroner’s office listed the man as being between 20 and 30 years old. Neither the suspect's nor the victim's identity has been released.

Riverside police have classified the case as a murder-suicide. There are no other suspects.

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