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Ramona homicide victim identified as 20-year-old Ukrainian

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Posted at 6:23 PM, Apr 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-17 21:23:30-04

RAMONA, Calif. (KGTV) - A 20-year-old Ukrainian man was shot and killed in Ramona this week, according to Sheriff's investigators.

Ivan N. Nivinskus, of Ramona, died of apparent gunshot wounds Sunday just after 8:30 p.m., investigators said. The San Diego County Medical Examiner has ruled Nivinskus's death a homicide.

San Diego Sheriff's deputies said deputies were called to the 15900 block of Wood Rock Lane for reports of possible gunshots and someone yelling. Deputies arrived to find Nivinskus on the ground outside a home.

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Nivinskus was given first aid at the scene but did not survive his injuries.

One of Nivinskus's roommates, Ben Ledbetter, said someone killed his best friend out of anger.

"He's 100 percent good. His heart is strong, his will is strong. His attitude was positive. You couldn't kill a better person. He was the best person you could ever know," Ledbetter said.

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A suspect in the shooting is still being sought. Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact sheriff’s Homicide Detail at 858-974-2321 or 858-565-5200.