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York City Police tracking leads in football player's slaying

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

York City detectives investigating the homicide of a semi-professional football player are chasing down leads, their supervisor said.

"We've been receiving some tips through our 411 tip line, and we appreciate that," York City Police Lt. Matt Leitzel said.

Julio Ferrer, 31, of 27 N. West St., was found dead in his home about 4 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

Julio Ferrer, 31, was killed in the early morning hours of Saturday, Dec. 16. He was a member of the semi-professional York football team the York Silver Bullets.

An autopsy on Monday, Dec. 18, at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital determined he died of a gunshot wound to the neck, according to the coroner's office, which has ruled Ferrer's death a homicide.

Ferrer was a defensive tackle for the York Silver Bullets, a semi-professional football team based in York County.

He was on the team for six years and was one of its most reliable players, according to Silver Bullets co-owner Chris Umbarger.

"He was the first to show up to games and the first to get out on the field when a teammate needed help with anything," Umbarger said.

Motive? On Monday, Leitzel told The York Dispatch that while detectives are following leads, they have not yet nailed down a motive for the slaying.

The lieutenant said investigators are seeking more information from anyone who hasn't yet spoken with police.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call city detectives at 717-849-2219, or text "Yorktips" and your information to 847-411. The texting service is anonymous.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.