Lawrence man slain at Methuen restaurant

A Lawrence man was murdered early today at the Sahara Club and Restaurant in Methuen, authorities said.

David Rivera, 28, was found dead outside the Bates Street club at around 1 a.m., Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett’s office said in a statement.

Rivera was taken to Lawrence General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 2 a.m., the statement said.

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The medical examiner’s office will perform an autopsy today, the statement said.

Methuen police and State Police assigned to the district attorney’s office are investigate. Police asked anyone with information to call 978-983-8676.

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