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Police investigate city’s second murder of year

Nanaimo RCMP is investigating the city’s second murder of 2013.

Few details have been released about the incident, which happened at the Pine Ridge Village apartment complex at 3250 Rock City Rd. Wednesday evening.

Police were called by a 27-year-old man who they said was “experiencing an unknown problem.” Upon entering his apartment they found a man deceased.

“We took a man into custody at about 7 p.m. last night at Rock City Road in connection to the death of another male,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. “A male died – unknown cause of death at this point.”

O’Brien said police suspect the deceased male and the man taken into custody are relatives, but have not determined exact details of their relationship. At least one of the men is believed to have resided in the apartment.

Nanaimo RCMP serious crime and forensics units were still examining the scene of the incident Thursday morning. The scene remained under police control for most of the day.

The apartment complex consists of four large three-storey buildings constructed in the 1970s. O’Brien said the complex is not a problem area and is well run and well maintained.

RCMP Supt. Norm McPhail confirmed the death was a murder Thursday afternoon.

“The case is well under investigation,” McPhail said.

“The accused, a 27-year-old male, is being brought before the courts as we speak and mental health on his part is an aspect of the investigation and will be under consideration by the court.”

The case is Nanaimo’s second murder of 2013 following the stabbing death of a man at King Arthur’s Court townhouse complex on Fifth Street in Harewood Jan. 13.

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