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Lauderhill slaying victim was 20-year-old man, police say

A slaying victim whose body was found in an apartment stairwell this week has been identified as a 20-year-old man who once lived in a boys' shelter.

Neiman "Nemo" Cobbin was found dead about 7 a.m. Monday after a 911 caller reported a person in a stairwell at King's Row Apartments, in the 1600 block of Northwest 47th Avenue, according to Lauderhill police spokeswoman Capt. Constance Stanley.

Officers who responded determined that Cobbin had been shot in the head, police said. Police are unsure whether Cobbin had a permanent home, because he moved among locations in Broward County and Miami, Stanley said.

In 2009, Cobbin was enrolled at Dillard High School and lived at Crescent House, a Fort Lauderdale shelter for teens, according to a Fort Lauderdale police report. A Broward School District spokeswoman declined to say whether Cobbin graduated from Dillard, citing his confidential education record.

On Jan. 9, 2009, while living at the shelter, he vanished and was reported missing to Fort Lauderdale police. Three weeks later, a Broward Sheriff's Office deputy found him in good condition in a commercial area of Tamarac, a few blocks from Lauderhill, a police report said.

Cobbin also had prior run-ins with deputies, state records show.

In 2002, at age 11, he was charged with arson. In 2004, he was charged with battery of an official or education employee. In 2006, he was charged with battery and resisting an officer without violence, the records show. The outcomes of those juvenile cases could not be obtained.

Relatives could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

Officials ask anyone with information to call Lauderhill police Detective Rick Sessions at 954-497-4728, or Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information about who killed Cobbin.