Hamilton police say a man in his early 20s was stabbed to death during an altercation at a Binrook, Ont. home early on Sunday morning.
Investigators believe a small group of no more than 10 people were involved and so far have no motive for the confrontation which took place in the driveway of 3063 Binbrook Road.
“There was a little bit of a gathering at that address last night, ” Det.Sgt. Steve Berezuik told Global News, “The specific number of people that were there, we’re still working through.”
After a 911 call, both police and paramedics arrived around 2:30 a.m. to find the victim and another 16-year-old male with injuries.
“Police and EMS were on scene and we’re able to attempt to give him some lifesaving measures. He was transported to hospital where he was later pronounced deceased,” Berezuik said.
The deceased has been identified as 20-year-old Binbrook native Brock Beck who was a student studying mental health at a college in Nova Scotia.
Detectives say Beck was not known to police and that he had returned to the Hamilton-area about a month ago.
Police have no suspect information but do believe a sedan with at least two people left the property after the stabbing and may be connected.
As many as five people may have exited the suspect vehicle and confronted the two victims who had been driving a silver Ford Fusion.
Berezuik said there was some type of function happening at the address.
“There was like an ongoing gathering, like a back yard party, ” Berezuik said, “I don’t think it was enormous, but there were people back there.”
Detectives say the teen who was with Beck has been cooperating with the investigation, as are a number of other people who were at the Binbrook address.
Police can not confirm if alcohol or drugs were involved in the murder.
The stabbing is the city’s 10th homicide of 2020.
Anyone that might have security video or camera images of the incident – believed to have happened between 1:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. on July 26 – are being asked to reach out to police at 905-546-4067, or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.