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One week, three dead: Halifax police work around clock to solve murders

All three recent deaths are due to gunfire and police are looking into whether they are all connected.

Police investigating a homicide on Cook Avenue in Halifax last Monday.

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Police investigating a homicide on Cook Avenue in Halifax last Monday.

Police say major crime investigators are working around the clock to identify and bring to justice those responsible for a recent rash of homicides in the city.

The latest killing came early Saturday morning when Daverico Downey, 20, was found dead in North Preston just after 2 a.m. by police.

Officers had been responding to reports of gunfire on Downey Road in the community.

“Police are as concerned as our citizens about these senseless acts,” Halifax RCMP Const. Tammy Lobb said Sunday, following a week that saw three homicides in six days.

Police say they believe Downey was shot, and based on an autopsy, the death has been ruled a homicide.

Lobb said the investigation is still in its early stages, but added police are exploring whether this latest killing is related to the recent murders of 29-year-old Tyler Richards and 23-year-old Naricho Clayton.

Richards was found shot dead April 17 in a Cook Avenue home in west-end Halifax.

Richards was a former member of the Halifax Rainmen, but had been in trouble with the law in recent years. He was most recently charged in late March after police found a large amount of cocaine during a traffic stop.

Naricho Clayton and another man were shot in a car and found on Gottingen Street on April 19. Clayton died on the scene and the other man was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police said they have identified a specific suspect in Clayton’s death and are looking for him.

After Richards’ death, police said they would not rule out a connection between his death and the murder of 20-year-old Joseph Cameron, who was found shot dead in Dartmouth on March 29.

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