photo by John Schreiber.

The sad, tough life of a 71-year-old homeless man was snuffed out in a horrifying Compton mystery strangulation, and deputies Sunday were hunting the killer.

The murder victim was Jimmie Paredes, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies and county firefighters responded at 12:50 a.m. Saturday to a call of a person down in the area of South Gibson Avenue and East Rose Street and located the victim, according to Deputy Michelle Sanchez of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

Paredes was pronounced dead at the scene, Sanchez said.

A motive for the strangling and a description of a suspect were not available.

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