Denzel Bates Photo2An Aiken man found dead in the back of a pickup truck had been shot repeatedly, authorities said.

Denzel “Zel” D. Bates, 21 (pictured),was found deceased in the back of a Dodge pickup truck on Ruston Road just after 2 a.m. Wednesday morning.

“Mr. Bates died from multiple gunshot wounds and his death is a homicide,” Chief Deputy Coroner Darryl M. Ables said in a press release.

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No word on a suspect in the crime.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at 803-648-6811. Individuals may also call Crime stoppers of the Midlands: 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372). Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1000.

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