Police tape surrounded the scene near 100th St. and 107A Ave. where a man was found dead Thursday evening.

A 23-year-old man was named Friday as the victim of a fatal beating in an area north of downtown Edmonton regularly frequented by homeless people.

A passerby found James Lee Catholique, of no fixed address, lying behind an abandoned building in the area of 100th Street and 107A Avenue around 6 p.m. Thursday.

Police say Catholique appears to have died of blunt-force trauma sustained in a fight.

News that someone had died was disturbing news to people who live on the streets, said Karen Bruno, who works at Boyle Street Community Services, an organization that assists inner-city residents.

"As soon as I walked in, everybody's wondering who it is, assuming, because of where the camp is, and who they haven't seen for awhile," she said.

"Regardless of what people might think, the inner-city population is somewhat of a community." 

Police looking for passerby

Officers are asking for the public's help in finding the person who came across Catholique in hopes he could help police with their investigation.

"He could have valuable information and not even realize it," Edmonton police Staff Sgt. Dave Spiers said in a news release.

The man is described as white, short, with a slim build, greyish hair and around 50 years old.

He was wearing glasses, dark clothes and was riding a mountain bike at the time, police said. 

Police believe he found Catholique and ran to the Brick furniture store and requested staff call EMS at 6:18 p.m.

This is Edmonton's 17th homicide of the year.