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UPDATED: Police investigating death in Victoria neighbourhood

Police outside a home on Hillside Avenue in Victoria Saturday morning.
Police outside a home on Hillside Avenue in Victoria Saturday morning. Richard Zussman / Twitter

Several police units staked out at least one home in a Victoria neighbourhood Saturday morning following a fatality Saturday morning.

Pictures show blockades set up in the 1400 block of Hillside Avenue in the Oaklands area.

A spokesperson with the BC Coroners Service confirmed they are investigating a single fatality, and that the victim is a male.

Reports on the scene say the victim was stabbed, but police haven’t confirmed the cause of death.

The RCMP’s┬áVancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit has taken over the investigation. The unit says Victoria police responded to a call of a disturbance on Saturday morning where a man was found dead.

They added the road is expected to stay closed throughout the rest of Saturday.

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Anyone with information about the incident or who may have been in the area between 4:30 and 5:30 a.m. is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Friends identify victim

The victim was identified online as Joe Gauthier, a father to at least two young children.

Joe Gauthier.
Joe Gauthier. Courtesy GoFundMe

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Gauthier’s family, which says “2 of his boys” and their mother are in another province.

Another GoFundMe page has also been created to raise funds for a celebration of life in Gauthier’s honour.

Police have not yet confirmed the victim’s identity.

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