HALIFAX - Neighbours living in the area where a 65-year-old man was found dead on Sunday said the incident is concerning, but Halifax police still arenât releasing details of how he died.
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Flowers outside the home of where a Halifax man was murdered on Sunday.
The body of David William Rose was found inside a South Street building by another resident shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday, said police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages.
Police arenât releasing the cause of death since the investigation is âstill in the early stages,â Bourdages said Tuesday.
âItâs going to remain with the investigation at this time.â
Roseâs death was originally reported as a suspicious, but an autopsy was conducted Monday and at 5:30 p.m. police announced the case a homicide.
He was living in the rooming house at 5278 South, and was known at a couple soup kitchens in Halifax.
A woman who runs the St. Maryâs Cathedral Basilica drop-in said she knew Rose, but declined to comment further.
Mick Levin also lives on South Street, and said having a homicide a few doors away from his building is âpretty disturbingâ but always considered the neighbourhood a safe part of town.
Angela MacKay just moved to the street with her family a couple months ago, and said on Tuesday she didnât know anyone living in the rooming house but the homicide is âconcerning, obviously.â
âBut we donât know the details, and other than locking our doors and protecting our home thatâs all we can do,â she said.
Bourdages said police are looking for any information about where Rose might have been on Sunday or who might be responsible for his death.
Police âjust donât knowâ the motive behind Roseâs murder, Bourdages said, so they canât say whether this was a random incident or if he was targeted.
No arrests have been made and Bourdages said police have no suspects in mind.
Bourdages said there have been three homicides so far in 2014.