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Police release more information on slain 23-year-old

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Austin police have revealed more information about the murder of 23-year-old Bennie Heslip over the weekend.

Police said Heslip was a Central Texas native, having grown up in Caldwell, Tex., about 80 miles east of Austin. After graduating high school in 2008, police said he attended Texas South University in Houston.

Heslip returned to the Austin area after college and worked two jobs, one at a security company and another at a shoe store, police said.

Investigators said the 23-year-old was involved in an argument at a parking lot on East 11th and Trinity streets early Easter Sunday morning. He was shot one time in the chest and pronounced dead by hospital workers at 3:43 a.m.

Police are still working with witnesses and chasing down anonymous tips in hopes of catching Heslip’s killer.

Officers are looking for a black male suspect, described by APD as:

• Black male
• Around 6 feet tall
• Thin build
• Short hair

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call APD’s Homicide Tip Line at (512) 477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or charges filed could lead to a $1,000 reward.

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