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    Dorchester shooting victim was UMass Boston assistant basketball coach, officials say

    Crime-scene tape blocked off the driveway and garage of the home where a body was found early Saturday.
    Nathan Klima for The Boston Globe
    Crime-scene tape blocked off the driveway and garage of the home where a body was found early Saturday.

    A man found shot to death inside a converted garage at a Dorchester home early Saturday morning was a former assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Massachusetts Boston, officials said.

    Kendric Price “was a great young coach who worked with our men’s basketball program,” UMass Boston said in a statement Saturday night. “We are all saddened by the tragic news of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kendric’s family.”

    The statement did not say when Price coached at the university.

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    A Boston police spokesman said Saturday night the department could not confirm the victim’s identity.

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    No arrests had been made as of 11 p.m., Officer James Kenneally said.

    Officers discovered a man’s body after responding to a call reporting a shooting at 2:59 a.m. at 12A Greenwood St., police said.

    The man, whose body was riddled with “multiple gunshot wounds,” was found in a garage attached to the house that had been “converted into a room,’’ a police report on the incident said.

    He was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:03 a.m., making his the eighth homicide of the year, according to police.

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    “The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident,’’ the department noted in a blog post that also strongly urged anyone with information to contact the city’s homicide detectives.

    Hours after the killing, a man who said his sister lived in the home rushed to the scene, but he was turned back by an officer guarding the house. The officer said it was empty and no one was allowed in.

    The man, who would not give his name, told the Globe that he came to find out what happened.

    “I just got a phone call and came by,” he said, before walking away in the snow.

    A neighbor said he and his family had been awakened and questioned by police Saturday morning after they discovered the body.

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    “It’s just a shame that these things keep happening, especially inside a house,” said the man, who also asked not to be identified.

    Meghan E. Irons can be reached at meghan.irons@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @meghanirons.