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London’s latest homicide victim was a resident at the Woodfield apartment building where the killing happened.
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London’s latest homicide victim lived in the Woodfield apartment building where his body was found, court records obtained by The London Free Press show.
Officers responded at 6:40 a.m. Thursday to a disturbance at 69 Cartwright St., north of Princess Avenue, where they found a man’s body in a unit and arrested a suspect nearby, police said.
Police haven’t named the deceased – London’s 11th homicide victim of the year – but court records identify him as John Flores.
Christopher Bettridge, 42, who lives at the Cartwright Street low-rise, described Flores, 39, as a close friend well-liked by other building residents.
“I’ve known him for three years, but we were just starting to get real close and have a real bond in the last six months,” Bettridge said. “But someone took him away from his family, someone took him away from all the people who cared about him here.”
Kenneth Cardiff, 42, of London, is charged with second-degree murder. He appeared in court Thursday and remains in custody pending his next appearance Monday.
Bettridge said he also knows Cardiff, who goes by the name Matt or Matthew, he said.
Investigators haven’t disclosed how Flores was killed. A London police spokesperson said there were no updates in the case Friday.
A resident at a Princess Avenue apartment, just around the corner from Cartwright Street, described how a man covered in blood ran into the building behind her about 6:45 a.m. Thursday.
The 68-year-old woman said she feared for her life and directed the man to a basement laundry room. He was arrested minutes later.
Police were still at 69 Cartwright Friday. Cardboard covered the window of the basement unit where Flores lived.
Bettridge said he’s haunted by his last encounter with Flores, less than 12 hours before his death.
“The last thing I said was ‘So I’ll see you later, brother,’ ” he said, describing how he and Flores bumped fists. “That was always our thing.”