Man facing second-degree murder charge in Halifax homicide

Published on April 1, 2013

Police were on scene at 6257 Seaforth Street in Halifax investigating a suspicious death on Sunday.



HALIFAX - Halifax police say a young man who died in a west-end Halifax home was the victim of a murder.

Police spent most of Easter Sunday gathering evidence at 6257 Seaforth St., where officers responded around 4:20 a.m. to find the body of a 20-year-old man who had been stabbed to death.

Halifax Regional Police Const. Pierre Bourdages said officers had been called to the same area less than an hour earlier for reports of a disturbance.

“The officers located several people in the street, but there was no report of an assault, and no one wished for police action,” he said.

Officers left around 4 a.m., but returned 20 minutes later when someone inside the Seaforth Street home called 911 to report a stabbing.

Police found the victim’s body inside and arrested a 21-year-old man without incident.

Vincent James Steele of Halifax has been charged with second-degree murder.

Bourdages couldn’t confirm reports from neighbours that a party was taking place in the house, but said the stabbing is believed to be related to the initial disturbance.

“The details are part of the investigation, but we believe the accused was known to the victim,” he said.

He said the accused is also known to police.

The victim’s name will not be released until next of kin have been notified.

Members of the quiet neighbourhood were “shocked” by the crime.

Jacob Young, who lives in the apartment next to where the victim was found, said the people who lived at 6257 were “pretty sketchy,” but relatively quiet.

Young said he’s had a conflict with one of the residents before, and wasn’t surprised other neighbours suspect the tenants of drug activity.

“I hate feeling unsafe in my own apartment, and this really just puts the cherry on the cake for me,” Young said.

Haley Ryan - Metro Halifax