Family identifies victim in Troy homicide

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Troy Police say they are investigating a suspicious death in Troy as a homicide.

The family identified the victim as 23-year-old Javier Gomez. Family members say he was a good Christian man and they want answers. Police have identified Gomez as the victim as well.

An autopsy conducted Tuesday ruled the manner of Gomez death as a homicide. Police say they are not releasing the medical cause of death.

The scene remains active and Glen Avenue between 6th Avenue and River Street will remain closed.

It was around 5:15 p.m. Monday when a person living at 1 East Glen Avenue came home to find their male roommate dead.

Roberto Gonzalez who is Gomez’s cousin says Gomez lived in the apartment for a few months, and  they grew up together and went to school together in Mexico before moving to the United States.

“They’re looking at everything at this point There’s a forensic unit at the scene, there are detectives on scene, there are people that we’re speaking to and neighbors and friends that we’re speaking to,” Troy Police Captain Dan DeWolf said.

Police say Gomez was seen alive Monday morning so they know it happened the same day.

So far, no suspects have been reported.

“There are other roommates that also lived in that apartment – one of the roommates is the person who found him when he came home from work today,” Capt. DeWolf said.

Nearby community members swarmed the scene all evening long, shocked to hear about a death happening not far from where they live.

“I think that crime should not happen and I think that they should think before they do,” Alyssa Lopez, community member, said.

A mobile command center was set up at the scene. Police officers have been walking in and out of the building with forensic materials, some of them walking out with bags of evidence.

While this case is still in its preliminary stage, police are assuring the community there should be no concerns about safety in the area.

“It does appear as though it’s an isolated incident,” Capt. DeWolf said. “I don’t think that there’s anything for the residents to worry about, it’s not like there’s somebody on the loose.”

Capt. DeWolf mentioning there are several city and private cameras installed, of which, they will be looking at to help further the investigation.

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