Hamilton police identify man killed in fight between longtime friends – TheSpec.com

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Man, 45, charged with second-degree murder in Hamilton homicide
Hamilton police say a man who was stabbed to death Saturday night at a downtown apartment was a childhood friend of the accused.

On Sunday afternoon Hamilton police confirmed 46-year-old Wayne Bilodeau of Hamilton as the victim of a stabbing that led to his death.

Police were called to 15 Lamoreaux St around 9 p.m. Saturday to found a man with serious injuries. EMS, fire and police attempted to revive him but he was pronounced dead on the scene.

"Our understanding right now is that they were long-time childhood friends," said Det.-Sgt. Steve Bereziuk.

A 45 year-old male was arrested on scene by police. He will appear at John Sopinka courthouse today to be charged with 2nd degree murder.

Bereziuk says police are going to explore precisely what the relationship was, and how events led to Saturday night's outcome.

When they arrived on scene, they found a male, identified by officers as Wayne Bilodeau, suffering from what appeared to be serious stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say shortly after 9 p.m. they responded to a disturbance at the downtown apartment located at 15 Lamoreaux Street.

An autopsy will be performed later this morning at the Hamilton General Hospital to confirm the cause of death, Hamilton police said in a news release issued Sunday.

Along with police, paramedics and the fire department attempted to revive the man. Police say however, the man was pronounced dead on scene.

When asked by media if there was anyone else in the third-floor apparent unit where the incident took place and where Bilodeau was found, he says that will remain evidence.

Anyone with information about the case is being asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers anonymously.

"I wouldn't consider it a random attack. The accused and the victim knew each other. As for why it happened, that's part of the investigation so we'll work through that."

Officers canvassed the neighbourhood on Sunday searching for anyone who may have witnessed the murder.

In terms of how long the disturbance lasted for, Bereziuk says police don't believe it was overly long, but that they will be investigating that as well. 

Police say the number of times the 46-year-old was stabbed, the location of the wounds and who made the 911 call, will also remain a part of their investigation.

He did say that police have recovered a weapon from the scene and investigators are in the process of determining whether drugs or alcohol were involved.

Police say Surridge was quickly arrested at the scene and made an appearance Sunday at the John Sopinka Courthouse in Hamilton where he was charged with second-degree murder.

Bereziuk says it took police the majority of the night and into this morning to locate Bilodeau's next of kin.

He says the man's family was shocked to learn that he was allegedly stabbed by his long-term friend.

"They're struggling with comprehending what's happened, so they're obviously in very early stages of grief," said Bereziuk.

He says Bilodeau lived in the city and has had a girlfriend for a substantial period of time and she's "very upset."

Bill Fairholm has been living in the building for almost nine years. He told CBC News that he first learned of the incident that took place in his building Sunday morning.

He says although police are often there every few months, he's never seen anything like this before. Fairholm says that around his area is "lovely."

"It's a little concerning. I was a little stunned actually because you just never usually expect to be around a murder," said Fairholm.

Rachel Jones lives on the third floor of the building, the same floor where the incident took place. Jones says she discovered that something was happening around 4 a.m. Sunday morning when she heard people talking in the hallway.

"It's a little concerning, but there's been a lot of police presence, so they're taking care of it."

A 45-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a fatal stabbing in Hamilton on Saturday night.

When they arrived on scene, they found a male, identified by officers as Wayne Bilodeau, suffering from what appeared to be serious stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A short time later, a 45-year-old suspect, identified as Robert Surridge, was arrested in connection with the homicide.

An autopsy will be performed later this morning at the Hamilton General Hospital to confirm the cause of death, Hamilton police said in a news release issued Sunday.

Officers canvassed the neighbourhood on Sunday searching for anyone who may have witnessed the murder.

Anyone with information about the case is being asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers anonymously.