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Vancouver Police believe homicide victim assaulted at a park, tried to find help

Last Updated Apr 26, 2018 at 11:55 am PST

Police tape up at Coopers' Park in Vancouver on April 26, 2018. (Hana Mae Nassar, NEWS 1130 Photo)

VPD believes man was assaulted at Coopers' Park, walked to casino for help

Man dies in hospital after being found, injured, at Vancouver casino

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A man is dead after an overnight homicide in Vancouver.

The 38-year-old was found around 1:30 a.m. at a casino on Smithe Street in Yaletown.

“The information I have is he collapsed just outside the casino and people at the casino called 9-1-1. He was transported to hospital and underwent emergency surgery right away. He did not survive after the surgery,” says VPD Sergeant Jason Robillard.

VPD investigators believe the man was assaulted at Coopers’ Park and then went to the casino in an effort to find help.

“We believe we have identified a specific route that the victim did go,” says Robillard.

Yellow tape is up at several different parts of Coopers’ Park.

“[We’re] looking at a lot of forensic evidence right now, which is why we have such a big crime scene. We’re looking at the forensic evidence and putting together witness accounts as to what happened,” says Robillard.

An aerial view of Coopers’ Park in Vancouver on April 26, 2018. (Darren Grieve, NEWS 1130 Photo)

Mack lives just across the street from the park and tells NEWS 1130 he’s surprised to see this happen so close to home.

“Yaletown is a fairly affluent neighbourhood. That park tends to have a few homeless people at night. Lots of nocturnal activity in and around there at night. But generally speaking, it’s a good neighbourhood… It’s not what you expect to be a crime neighbourhood.”

Police tape up at Coopers’ Park in Vancouver on April 26, 2018. (Hana Mae Nassar, NEWS 1130 Photo)

This is Vancouver’s eighth homicide of the year.

No arrests have been made.

The VPD is asking anyone with information to call VPD at (604) 717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.