By Joan Murray

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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – The Fort Lauderdale Police Department is investigating a homicide that happened sometime Monday night at 2009 NW 21st Avenue.

Police say a 42 year old man was shot to death.

Family identifies the victim as Patrick Tranchida. They say he was a loving father to three young girls.

According to his mother-in-law Gwendolyn Pringle, the family is in total shock.

“He didn’t bother anybody,” she said. “He was very friendly. I can’t figure out who would do such a thing. It’s sad.”

Police say the body was discovered Tuesday around 8:30 a.m.

Crime scene techs could be seen removing bags of evidence.  A gold car was towed from the back of the property near where the body was discovered.

Henry Rucker says he found Tranchida on the ground already deceased Tuesday morning.

“I saw him [alive] last night at 8:30,” Rucker said. “He was coming back from taking his kids home.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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