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Person of interest arrested, later released in Truro homicide

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WATCH: No charges have been laid yet in connection to a homicide in Truro, N.S. over the long weekend. Police say a “person of interest” was arrested, then released, but is still a person of interest. Callum Smith explains. – Sep 7, 2021

A person of interest was arrested and later released in Prabhjot Singh Katri’s homicide, the Truro Police Service confirmed Tuesday.

Singh, 23, was killed in the early hours of Sunday morning at an apartment building on Robie Street in Truro.

During a news conference Tuesday, Truro police Chief Dave MacNeil said officers responded to 494 Robie St. around 2 a.m. that morning, where they found Singh with life-threatening injuries. He was taken to hospital in Colchester, where he later died.

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Truro police release more details regarding the murder of Prabhjot Singh Katri – Sep 7, 2021

MacNeil could not say if Singh was found inside or outside of the apartment building or what the nature of his injuries was, citing the ongoing investigation.

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But he did say officers executed “several search warrants” on the weekend and arrested a person of interest who was later released with no charges. That person remains a person of interest, said MacNeil.

“The investigation is ongoing, and that’s where we are today,” he said.

There are no further suspect descriptions, said MacNeil.

The Northeast Nova major crime unit and the RCMP forensic identification section are assisting with the investigation.

Kindhearted, helpful

Singh is remembered by friends and family for his kind heart and his willingness to help others.

The young man was working multiple jobs to support his mother back home in India. An online fundraiser to send Singh’s body to India has raised more than $60,000.

His cousin previously told Global News that Singh stayed away from drugs and alcohol and didn’t have any issues with anyone, and he worried the crime was hate-motivated.

Read more: Truro, N.S. homicide victim remembered as kind, hardworking

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However, MacNeil said Tuesday that police don’t have any evidence yet to suggest that.

“Contrary to social media, we have no information on motive that we’re releasing at this point in time,” he said.

“Should it become clear through our investigation that that is a motive or a factor in the case, then appropriate charges would be laid at that time.”

MacNeil said there is no evidence to suggest an ongoing risk to the public, even though he could not say what the motive was or if it was a random attack.

Community in shock

Daniel Laforge, who lives next door to Singh, said he was shocked to hear what happened to him.

Laforge would frequently see him outside playing cricket with his brother-in-law and Singh would sometimes drive him home during his job as a taxi driver.

“Truro’s a quiet place, you don’t hear about this kind of stuff,” he said. “It’s so sad, man.”

Daniel Laforge, who lives next door, says he would frequently see Singh in passing. Callum Smith/Global News

Laforge said he was concerned that police have not yet said if there was a motive. “He wasn’t selling drugs and he wasn’t a mean man,” he said.

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“I would be scared, I would be terrified … He should have been safe here in Nova Scotia.”

Darlene MacDonald, who was Singh’s supervisor at Layton’s Taxi, says the small community is in mourning.

“I’m still shocked. There’s no sense. No rhyme, no reason,” she said.

“We have several of his coworkers and his friends working for us and they’re just totally devastated.”

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