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Police identify 20-year-old Brock Beck as victim of fatal stabbing in Binbrook

Brock Beck was studying in a mental health program at a college in Nova Scotia and had only been home in Binbrook for about a month when police say he was fatally stabbed.

Investigators say suspect vehicle is a four-door sedan

Hamilton police say Brock Beck, 20, is dead after he was stabbed at a home on Binbrook Road early Sunday morning. (Hamilton Police Service)

Brock Beck was studying in a mental health program at a college in Nova Scotia and had only been home in Binbrook for about a month when police say he was fatally stabbed.

The 20-year-old was identified as the victim of the city's 10th homicide of the year during a media update Sunday afternoon.

Beck's family is "distraught," said Det. Sgt. Steve Bereziuk.

"They are very upset [and] obviously shocked by the event," he said, adding the victim wasn't known to police.

"How it came to this last night is something were looking into."

Officers were called to a home on Binbrook Road around 2 a.m. Sunday following reports of a street disturbance, according to Berekziuk.

They found Beck injured and provided first aid before paramedics transported him to hospital where he died of his injuries.

Investigators, including Det. Sgt. Steve Bereziuk (right), point to evidence markers at the scene of a fatal stabbing in Binbrook Sunday. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

The detective confirmed Beck died of a stab wound, but would not say where he was cut or how many injuries he suffered.

Jason Prentice has lived just down the road from the home where the stabbing happened for 12 years.

He said he woke up around 2:30 a.m. and saw lights flashing and police tape blocking off the road.

A homicide in the quiet community is uncommon, he said, explaining he initially thought there must have been a car crash.

Prentice said didn't know the people who lived at the house where Beck was injured as the owners had started renting it out in recent years.

The owner of the home was there when the stabbing happened and has cooperated with police, said Bereziuk.

Police searching for weapon and sedan

Police tape blocked off several homes Sunday afternoon and forensic officers could be seen taking photos near the end of the driveway where a growing cluster of evidence markers covered the ground.

Investigators are still working to determine how many people were there when the stabbing happened, but Bereziuk said he believes it was fewer than 10.

They also haven't worked out a motive for the killing or found the weapon that was used.

"There's no indication that Brock was targeted at this point," said Bereziuk, adding police have spoken with several witnesses but are asking anyone with information to contact them.

A large section of Binbrook Road was blocked off Sunday afternoon as police continued to process the scene. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

One other person was transported to hospital after the altercation, but has since been released and is recovering at home, said the detective.

Police are requesting that neighbours and nearby businesses to check any surveillance video for a four-door sedan.

The suspect vehicle would likely have been in the area between 1:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., around the time Beck's vehicle, a grey Ford Fusion with Nova Scotia plates, would have also driven by.

"We're looking for any other vehicle that may have interacted with his car," said Bereziuk.

A police officer knocks at the door of a home near the crime scene. Investigators are asking neighbours and nearby businesses to review their surveillance video for a suspect vehicle — a four-door sedan. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

Beck's death follows a recent spate of violent incidents involving young adults and teens, including the death of 19-year-old Ali Mohammad, who was stabbed following a parking lot melee on July 19, and 17-year-old Myah Larmond, who was shot on July 16.

"This is Hamilton's 10 homicide of the year," said Bereziuk, noting the number is higher than the total the city hit in all of 2018.

"It has been a challenging year to say the least."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dan Taekema is a reporter/editor with CBC Hamilton. Email: daniel.taekema@cbc.ca

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