Man found stabbed to death in Nepean home

Ottawa police are investigating the stabbing death of a 25-year-old man on Sherry Lane in Nepean, which is being investigated as the city's 11th homicide of the year.

Christopher Avery Houghton, 25, identified as victim in Ottawa's 11th homicide of 2021

Neighbours describe shock at fatal stabbing in Nepean home

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Ottawa police are investigating after a man was found stabbed to death in a home on Sherry Lane in Nepean early Thursday morning. Neighbours say they’re shocked by the death and say the area is usually quiet. 0:52

Ottawa police homicide detectives are investigating the fatal stabbing of a 25-year-old man in Nepean.

Officers were called to a bungalow at 38 Sherry Lane near West Hunt Club Road and Woodroffe Avenue around 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

Inside the home's basement apartment, the tenant was stabbed, police believe. An upstairs neighbour, hearing a commotion, went downstairs and found the man bleeding on the floor and called 911.

Police arrived to find the man without vital signs. He has been identified as Christopher Avery Houghton of Ottawa.

Vehicle heard speeding away

Neighbours who spoke to CBC said the neighbourhood is typically quiet and family-oriented, with neighbours sharing keys and watering each other's lawns.

Mirna Chapman heard a vehicle speeding down the street in the middle of the night. She described the speed as "Queensway" fast, referring to the highway.

Juan Higuera has lived on the street for 14 years.

"I'm in shock," said Higuera, adding the home in question — ringed by police tape — would frequently host visitors with many cars parked near the home.

"It's like a garage and I don't know what is going on."

A section of Sherry Lane remains closed between Gary and Brent avenues.

The man's death is the city's 11th homicide of the year. Police asks anyone with information about the stabbing to contact the Ottawa police homicide unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5493.

With files from Radio-Canada's Estelle Côté-Sroka