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February 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Slaying victim found; his SUV is missing

Tucson police are investigating a Saturday night homicide in midtown.

George Martinez, 59, was found unconscious and with "obvious signs of trauma" by his roommate around 10:30 p.m. in the 2200 block of East 19th Street, police said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said there was no sign of forced entry and Martinez's 1994 Ford Explorer is missing. The white SUV has Arizona license plate ACV8135.

Anyone with information on the vehicle is asked to call 911.

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Ex-football player dies after stabbing

A bouncer who was stabbed a week ago at a Scottsdale nightclub has died, police say.

Scottsdale police said Tyrice Thompson, a former football player at Arizona State University, died Saturday morning from the stab wounds.

According to investigators, the 27-year-old Thompson, of Laveen, was stabbed five times in the back, hip and arm after a fight inside the club early morning on Jan. 27.

Police later arrested 26-year-old Ian MacDonald of Tempe in connection with the stabbing. Investigators say he admitted that he was involved in the fight but denied stabbing Thompson.

It was unclear if MacDonald had an attorney.

Thompson played tight end and receiver for the Sun Devils from 2003 to 2007. He played all 13 games as a senior, catching 15 passes for 272 yards, and was a key special-teams player his final two seasons at Arizona State.

Thompson was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts but did not play an NFL game.

About a half hour after the stabbing, in an unrelated incident, actor Jason London, perhaps best known for the 1993 movie "Dazed and Confused," was thrown out of the same bar after allegedly punching a bouncer. London was arrested and booked on assault and disorderly-conduct charges.

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