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Penticton homicide near school wasn't a youth or student: Police

A heavy police presence was reported at Penticton Secondary's track and field, Sept. 5, 2021.
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September 07, 2021 - 2:37 PM

Police still aren't saying much about a suspected homicide in the city Sunday, but they are confident the victim was not a local student.

The young man was found Sunday, near Penticton Secondary school's track and field. In a release today, Sept. 7, Penticton RCMP Const. James Grandy said while they are still uncertain of the man's identity, police felt it important to assure the community that it wasn't a youth and wasn't a student. 

“As we advance our investigation, the identity of the deceased hasn’t yet been confirmed. However, based on the investigation at this initial stage, and in consultation with the BC Coroners Service, we are confident in releasing to the public that the deceased was not a youth, and not a school district student,” he said. “An autopsy is being scheduled with the Coroner with the aim of determining the cause of death and identity confirmation."

Police and paramedics were called to the field, in the 100-block of Eckhart Avenue around 6 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 5. Police arrived to find paramedics dealing with an unresponsive young man with critical injuries. He was pronounced dead in hospital.

READ MORE: UPDATE: RCMP investigating suspicious death reported near Penticton Secondary track and field

“Given the severity and sensitive location, we appreciate our community’s concerns, in particular, the well-being of their children heading back to school," Grandy said. "We want to ease these concerns by informing this does not appear to be a random act, and we do not believe there is a threat to the general public, and in particular students headed back for school.”

If you witnessed this incident, or have any other information, you’re asked to call the Penticton RCMP at 250-492-4300.

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