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Police are investigating suspicious death in Mesa Margarita neighborhood

OCEANSIDE — Police are investigating the death of 21-year-old Louiegie Bermas, whose body was found on the 600 block of Arthur Avenue, in the Mesa Margarita neighborhood, on Aug. 14. 

Bermas’ body was discovered at 5:30 a.m. and reported to police. The exact cause, time and location of his death is still under investigation. Police said there was evidence of trauma to Bermas’ body, but did not give further details about his injuries.

“We’re waiting for the results of the autopsy,” Sgt. Matt Christensen said. “It’s not yet determined to be an official homicide, but we assume it is.”

Police have disclosed that a group confronted Bermas and a companion in the area of Arthur Avenue and East Parker Street. Bermas’ companion sustained nonlife-threatening injuries in the same incident.

“There were two victims, the second victim survived,” Christensen said.

Two groups of individuals were involved in the incident, but the occurrence has not been determined to be gang-related at this time. The incident may be related to other criminal activity.

Police are still interviewing potential witnesses and seeking additional information.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Marilyn Johnson at (760) 435-4732.