The death of a man found unresponsive in a north London park during the weekend was a homicide, London police say.
Emergency responders called around 7 a.m. Sunday to the Grosvenor Street entrance of Gibbons Park performed life-saving measures on an unresponsive man, but he died a short time later, police said.
Investigators on Monday confirmed the death was a homicide – the cause of death wasn’t released – and identified the victim as Daniel Joseph Fawcett, 52, of London.
No arrests have been made in the case, said police, who appealed for anyone in the area between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. Sunday to come forward.
Investigators kept a section of the park cordoned off on Monday, while curious parkgoers surveyed the crime scene.
Police initially cordoned off a large area of the parking lot and adjacent parkland, where half-dozen officers combed the scene for evidence turning up leaves as they walked in a line with yellow flag markers and appearing to pay particular attention to the southeast corner of the entrance to the park.
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One nearby resident said he woke up to an intense police presence outside.
“I heard subdued voices overnight,” said Doug Gerber, adding hearing people in the park on weekend evenings wasn’t unusual, but the voices didn’t sound like the usual “hooting and hollering” from the late night bar crowd.
Gerber said he didn’t hear any gunshots or other commotion.
This is the fifth homicide of the year. Police have laid charges in the previous four killings.
-With files from Free Press reporter Jennifer Bieman
Jan. 31: Stephen Hutchinson, 66, is fatally stabbed outside his Springbank Drive home. Gregory Cane, 38, is charged with second-degree murder.
March 11: A woman is found dead at a Billybrook Crescent home and a 52-year-old man is charged with second-degree murder. Neither the victim nor accused can be identified under a court-ordered publication ban.
July 12: Jonathan Graham, 29, dies after being set ablaze near Admiral Drive and Trafalgar Street. Bradley Joudrey, 32, is charged with first-degree murder.
Aug. 7: Devon Cherrey-Rooke, 31, is fatally stabbed near Clarke Road and Dundas Street. Antony Centeno-So, 27, is charged with second-degree murder.