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Suspicious death in Columbia Heights ruled homicide

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The death of a man found on the side of a road in Columbia Heights two weeks ago has been ruled a homicide by the city's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Gaurav Gopalan, 35, was found unconcious by a passerby in the 2600 block of 11th Street in Northwest Washington, D.C. in the early morning hours of Sept. 10.

The Metropolitan Police Department initially sought help identifying Gopalan and announced Tuesday that his death was ruled a homicide.

Gopalan, of Northwest, died from a subarachnoid hemorrhage due to blunt impact head trauma, according to Beverly Fields, a spokeswoman for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

When police announced the death investigation, officials said Gopalan had suffered no obvious signs of trauma and still had jewelry and money in his possession when he was found, leading investigators to think the death was not the result of a robbery.

No arrests have been made, and police are still seeking information.

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