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Man found dead on Spence Street had several large, deep knife wounds

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Fire crews wash down the scene of a stabbing that occurred early Saturday morning in front of 590 Spence St. A witness states a white male in his early 60s was stabbed several times in the chest and back and was found lying on the street by a passerby. He was taken to hospital and died of his injuries.

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Fire crews wash down the scene of a stabbing that occurred early Saturday morning in front of 590 Spence St. A witness states a white male in his early 60s was stabbed several times in the chest and back and was found lying on the street by a passerby. He was taken to hospital and died of his injuries. Photo Store

A man who tried to help a severely injured, unconscious man lying face down on Spence Street early this morning told the Free Press the victim was covered in blood and appeared to have several large, deep knife wounds.

Police have already confirmed today the injured man did not survive, and the death is being investigated as a homicide.

The victim's name has not been released, and no arrests have been made.

Speaking near the scene this morning, David Gaumond described hearing a woman screaming for help outside his home in the 500 block of Spence near Cumberland Avenue around 1:40 a.m.

Gaumond said the woman, likely in her 20s, discovered the bloodied man directly in front of Gaumond's house.

Gaumond rushed out and found a man lying face down on the street. The man looked to be Caucasian, in his late 50s to early 60s, wearing a reflective strap that looked like part of a construction worker's uniform, he said.

The man had two to three stab wounds in his back.

"(The woman) was on the phone with the paramedics at the time and they were asking her to flip him -- and he was so full of blood that she didn't really want to touch him," said Gaumond.

Gaumond tried to flip the man over by using his reflective strap.

"... He was not even responsive to that or lifting his mouth up or anything," he said.

"Once I flipped him over, from even the first touch, even through his clothes, I could tell he was already getting cold."

Gaumond said they could not feel his pulse and the man had two to three more stab wounds in his chest. He described the stab wounds as being about two and a half inches thick, which meant the knife used was large in comparison to most blades, he said.

"It was horrific. The stab wounds were even horizontal to try and get between ribs. These people, whoever stabbed him, really knew what they were doing when it comes to blades."

Police said earlier today a man was rushed to hospital with serious injuries but did not survive. There has been no official mention of what signs of foul play were identified on the man.

Gaumond said he tried to trace the trail of blood left by the victim, a man he recognized from seeing in the area two days prior, but didn't know personally.

"Before the police showed up and before they taped it off, I followed some blood spatter, some blood drippage up the street and then across the boulevard," Gaumond said, referring to the boulevard on Cumberland Avenue.

Gaumond didn't hear any commotion on his street before discovering the body in front of his house. He said he feels sickened and sad by what happened.

"I think he was just an unfortunate person that just ran into the wrong people at the wrong time," he said. "It's not every day you get to... see someone dead in front of your house. It's pretty sickening."

Anyone with more information is asked to contact members of the Homicide Unit at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

jessica.botelho-urbanski@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 11:45 AM CDT: Adds photo

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