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Vancouver police investigating elderly woman’s death as a homicide

Vancouver police are investigating the city's 15th homicide of the year after a woman in her 80s was found dead inside her East Vancouver apartment Saturday morning. Grace Ke reports.

Vancouver police are investigating the city’s 15th homicide after a woman’s body was found in her East Vancouver apartment Saturday morning.

Police were called to the unit in a complex near Kingsway and Kerr Street around 8 a.m. on Saturday, where an elderly woman was found dead.

A family friend says a neighbour called the woman’s daughter after she heard a scream early Saturday morning.

“The daughter found her [Saturday] morning,” said Lori Hussey. “[She] got the message in the morning and came here and found the walker on her on her bed, [she] went, ‘Mom, mom,’ tried to wake her.”

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Police say the woman was in her 80s.

Neighbours are in shock.

“Every time I woke up [last] night I said, ‘My neighbour was murdered yesterday.’ You know? I’ve been in her home, I’ve visited with her,” said Jan O’Leary.

O’Leary and her husband said the victim had lived in the complex for a number of years. They added that while there had been some mail theft at the building, there had been no serious crime recently.

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“Why would someone do such a horrendous act to some who’s disabled?” asked O’Leary.

“It doesn’t make any sense. She’s a family person she had children. … I just don’t understand how someone can do that to a sweet old lady. It’s just horrific.”

Investigators spent the weekend combing the neighbourhood for evidence.

No suspect has been identified, and a motive in the killing remains unclear.

“It is still very early in this investigation and our Homicide Unit is collecting information to help determine motive and who may be responsible,” said Vancouver police Const. Jason Doucette.

Police are asking anyone with a dash cam who may have been driving in the area of Kingsway and Kerr Street Saturday morning between midnight and 6 a.m., or who was in the area and saw anything suspicious, to call detectives at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

With files from John Copsey