Police have ruled the death of a young man at a townhouse in northeast Edmonton last week a homicide.

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Relatives of a young man gather where his body was found Friday morning. (Andrea Huncar/CBC)

The teen's body was found Friday just before 6 a.m. in a home at 132nd Avenue and 47th Street.

Police are not identifying the victim or how he died, but neighbours told CBC News the teen was 17 years old, with the first name Pascal, who was of Sudanese descent.

Abuk Mayyouenn, who works with the teen's mother, said it was the victim's sister who discovered the body in the family's basement.

"She see the gun first," said Mayyouenn. "Then when she go to her brother's room looking for him. She never got brother. She went into laundry to get clothes and she see her brother on the floor."

Neighbours called the teen friendly, outgoing, always with something funny to say and who never got into trouble.

"He was just a happy go lucky guy," said Eleanor Norquay. 

He enjoyed playing basketball in the nearby school grounds and would go jogging with his dog Yoko, she said.

The death is Edmonton's 23rd homicide of the year.