Halifax police not releasing cause of death in south-end murder

Haley Ryan, Metro Halifax
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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 aren’t releasing details of how he died.

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 aren’t releasing the cause of death since the investigation is “still in the early stages,” Bourdages said Tuesday.

“It’s going to remain with the investigation at this time.”

Rose’s 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. Mary’s 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 “pretty disturbing” 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 didn’t know anyone living in the rooming house but the homicide is “concerning, obviously.”

“But we don’t know the details, and other than locking our doors and protecting our home that’s all we can do,” 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 “just don’t know” the motive behind Rose’s murder, Bourdages said, so they can’t 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.

Organizations: Cathedral Basilica

Geographic location: South Street, Halifax, Mary

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