UPDATED 10:21 a.m.: Police declare death of woman in Dartmouth a homicide

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Metro Halifax

DARTMOUTH - Police say the death of a young woman in a Dartmouth apartment building has officially been classified as a homicide.

Residents of 117 Albro Lake Drive in Dartmouth speak to officers on the scene about when they might be allowed back into thier apartment. Police were sealed off the building as part of thier investigation into an overnight suspicious death.

Around 10:15 p.m. Saturday night police responded to reports of a commotion at 117 Albro Lake Rd. and found the body of a 33-year-old woman in the apartment stairwell, where she was pronounced dead.

“I seen a girl upside down on our stairs face-up, eyes open, and her stomach looked like somebody had stabbed her a bunch of times,” said apartment resident Shelby Decoste on Sunday morning. “It was really bad.”

A release issued by Halifax Regional Police Monday morning states an autopsy confirmed the victim died as a result of injuries sustained during a stabbing.

She has been identified as Tara Lynn Park of Dartmouth.

Decoste, who moved into the building last year, said the neighbourhood is known for violence.

“I mean I’m not feeling the securest about where I live at the present moment, but other than that things are going to happen like this,” Decoste said. “You kind of expect it around here.”

Major crime investigators are asking anyone with information about the case to contact police or Crime Stoppers.


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