PLAINFIELD — Authorities on Thursday identified the man who had been found shot dead in a city park on Wednesday afternoon.

The body of Wykil Sherrod Jr. was near a picnic table at Green Brook Park, which is in Sherrod's neighborhood.

Sherrod was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy confirmed Thursday that he had died from a gunshot wound, but investigators are still trying to piece together what happened.

The Union County Prosecutor's Office asks anyone with information to call 973-274-5771 or 908-403-8271.

The city had five homicides last year.

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