Homicide in Lachine: Montreal Police Investigate Death of 23-Year-Old Man

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A Montreal police badge is shown during a news conference in Montreal, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

Montreal Police are engaged in a homicide investigation following the discovery of a 23-year-old man’s body in an apartment in the Lachine borough on Wednesday evening. This incident marks the 32nd homicide in Montreal this year.

Discovery of the Body

The investigation was initiated after a 911 call received around 5:30 p.m. led police to an apartment building near the intersection of Duranceau Avenue and Des Érables Street in Lachine. Upon arrival, officers found the young man unconscious with upper body injuries and pronounced him dead at the scene.

Police cruisers outside a home near the corner of Duranceau Avenue and Des Érables Street in Lachine after a man was found dead on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023. (Cosmo Santamaria/CTV News)

Initial Response and Ongoing Investigation

Montreal police spokesperson Jeanne Drouin confirmed the grim find, stating, “He was declared dead at the scene.” The area around the apartment building has been cordoned off, and law enforcement officers have been speaking with local residents. Additionally, a search for nearby surveillance cameras to aid the investigation is underway.

Investigators have been deployed to gather evidence and determine the causes and circumstances leading to the man’s death. While initially treated as a suspicious death, police confirmed early Thursday that the incident is being investigated as a homicide.

Community Reaction and Police Efforts

This latest homicide has added to the growing concerns about violence in the city. Police efforts are now focused on piecing together the events leading up to the man’s death, with an emphasis on collecting testimonies and evidence from the area. The identity of the victim has not been released, and further details are expected as the investigation progresses.

Appeal for Information

The Montreal Police Department is appealing to the public for any information that could assist in solving this crime. Anyone with information is encouraged to come forward to aid in the investigation.