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Death of Tamuning salon owner ruled "suspicious"

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - The Guam Police Department has reclassified a death investigation to a homicide investigation this after an autopsy was completed by chief medical examiner Dr. Aurelio Espinola today who ruled the death of a 62-year-old man suspicious.

Business owners in the Hafa Adai Exchange in Tamuning are still coming to terms with what happened over the weekend at Hairs Plus By Nick. According to police spokesperson Officer Paul Tapao the Tumon Tamuning Precinct Command received a call for assistance at around ten o'clock Sunday morning.

"Upon arrival officers had located a lifeless male at which time a death investigation had been launched," he said.

Agents with the Criminal Investigation and Forensic Division were on scene for several hours.

On Sunday KUAM News spoke with the owner of a nearby Thai restaurant who said she was opening her typhoon shutters when she heard the daughter of the hair salon owner scream for help. It was then she ran over looked through the window and saw the owner, Nicolas Reyes Tolentino, laying in a pool of blood.

Back on the scene today we spoke with another business owner who did not want his face shown on television but allowed us to record his audio. He's known Nick for over 20 years.

"He's a nice guy sometimes he visit me tell me problems about the business always nice because when he go back and forth to the store he always say hi," the person said.

Dr. Espinola completed his autopsy today now confirming that Tolentino was murdered. The autopsy revealed he died from multiple stab wounds.

Tolentino was last seen alive on Saturday between three to four in the afternoon.

While detectives work to determine what happened  witnesses say about five to six people were sitting on the ground across from the beauty salon consuming alcohol the night before he  was found dead.

"I was here working there was a lot of people there's a hallway in the back of this there's a lot of people drinking singing and dancing," he said.

If you have any information please call Guam Crime Stoppers at 477-HELP or text  688-STOP.
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