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Hotel clerk slain in south Fort Worth

Robbery appears to be the motive in the slaying of hotel clerk early Monday in south Fort Worth, police said.

The body of the clerk, whose name was unavailable, was found behind the counter at the Best Western Hotel, 6500 Interstate 35W, said Lt. Paul Henderson, police spokesman. The hotel is on the west side of Interstate 35W, just south of Altamesa Boulevard.

Gunfire was heard around 4 a.m., Henderson said, and the clerk's body was found a short time later by customer.

"Robbery appears to be the motive," Henderson said. "We don't know if anything was taken or if anything was in the till, but we do know it was open.

"We responded and due to the number of (customers) and potential witnesses, we have a fairly good size contingent out there going hotel room to hotel room, getting statements."

The clerk's name was not available because officials were trying to determine his identity. But, Henderson said, he appeared to be a white man between the ages of 50 and 60.

And although some people heard gunfire, investigators had not yet confirmed the manner of death at 7:30 a.m.

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