The property at 1634 Blake Street (brown house on left) at which a man was killed on Tuesday afternoon. Photos: Tracey Taylor.

Berkeley police are reporting that a man was murdered at 1634 Blake St. between McGee Avenue and California Street around 1 p.m. today.

Police received a report of a loud noise and responded to find a “deceased male in the back yard of a home,” according to Lt. Andrew Greenwood of the Berkeley Police Department. The victim had been shot to death.

Police are not identifying the man at this time and there is no information about a possible suspect, said Greenwood.

It is the first homicide in Berkeley in 2011.

Update, 5:10 p.m.:  The homicide took place at 1634 Blake St. At around 4:45 p.m., the house and its neighboring homes were cordoned off by police crime tape and there were several police cars on the scene as well as an Alameda County coroner’s van. A Blake Street neighbor who asked not to be named, said the body of the deceased had not been removed from the property. She described the occupants of the house as a family.

Police detectives and County Coroner staff outside 1634 Blake St. at around 4:45 p.m.
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Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman...