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Elvis Lachance, 28, was found dead in his cell at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre on Sept. 13. (CBC )

Saskatoon police have charged a 24-year-old man with second degree murder in relation to the death of his cellmate.

Elvis Percy Lachance, 28, also known as Elvis Yee, was found dead in his cell at the Saskatoon Provincial Correctional Centre on Sept. 13.

According to correctional officials his body was found during a regular bed check at about 7 a.m. CST.

Lachance had arrived at the jail the day before — he had been remanded after being charged with breaking and entering and breach of probation.

Officials also said he was put in a cell with another inmate, in a practice known as double-bunking.

Police said the death was thought to be suspicious and an autopsy was ordered.

Autopsy results have confirmed Lachance's death was a result of foul play. Police have not released the cause of death.

His cellmate was arrested Tuesday morning at the correctional centre and is scheduled to appear in Saskatoon Provincial Court Wednesday morning.

Lachance, not known as a fighter with friends

People who knew Lachance say he struggled with homelessness and addictions all his life — but was also gentle and easy to get along with.

Jordan Cooper, who manages the Lighthouse, a downtown social housing apartment complex, said he knew Lachance, whom he said struggled with his problems but also had some good qualities.

"Emotionally, Elvis was just a lot of fun to have around," Cooper said. "He struggled with FASD [fetal alcohol spectrum disorder], but that didn't take away from the fact that we got along with him really well."

Cooper says Lachance was gentle with staff and street friends and was not known as a fighter.

When Cooper heard that he had died, he wondered why society couldn't have done a better job of protecting him.

"Elvis is the kind of guy that needs to be protected," Cooper said.