Christmas Day death in Red Deer confirmed as city's 2nd homicide of 2015

Police have confirmed the death of a 46-year-old man in Red Deer on Christmas Day was a homicide.

City of 100,000 people saw two killings this year after zero in 2014

The Red Deer RCMP and RCMP Serious Crimes Branch (South) are investigating the homicide.

Police have confirmed the death of a 46-year-old man in Red Deer on Christmas Day was a homicide.

Thomas Patrick Braconnier was found at about 5:20 a.m. on Dec. 25 after police responded to a report of an unconscious man in a downtown business vestibule.

Police said at the time the man appeared to be a victim of "foul play" and announced on Wednesday the case was being treated as a homicide.

The RCMP is still asking anyone with information about the death to call police at 403-343-5575 or Crime Stoppers anonymously.

This marks the second homicide of 2015 in Red Deer, a city with a population of 100,000 that saw no homicides at all in the year before.

In November, 31-year-old Alan Beach was fatally stabbed at a pub.

Prior to that, the most recent homicide in Red Deer was in 2013.

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