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Ottawa Police investigating homicide on MacLaren Street

Police believe victim may have plummeted from high-rise building to his death.

Flowers tied to a tree outside 475 MacLaren Street, where 19-year-old Ahmad Afrah of Ottawa fell to his death Monday night. Police are investigating the incident as a homicide. May 17, 2017.

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Flowers tied to a tree outside 475 MacLaren Street, where 19-year-old Ahmad Afrah of Ottawa fell to his death Monday night. Police are investigating the incident as a homicide. May 17, 2017.

Ottawa Police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old man as a homicide and believe he may have plummeted from a high-rise building to his death. 

Police were called at around 10:50 p.m. last night to a highrise apartment at 475 MacLaren Street near Bank Street on what was initially a disturbance call.

Paramedics had been called to the same location for a medical call. When officers arrived they found a man lying on the ground who they believe might have fallen from a building.

He died at the scene and has been identified, as Ahmad Afrah, 19-years-old, of Ottawa. 

On Wednesday afternoon three police cruisers remained outside the building, although the area was no longer taped off. 

One neighbour, who gave her name as Ali but did not want to be identied by her last name, said Afrah lived nearby but had friends in the building, including her son.

She said she was shocked by his death.

"I never heard him swear in front of me once. He was always saying 'thank you.' He was a very good person, he didn't deserve this," she said.

A memorial of flowers was placed on a tree outside the building, including a card reading, "Dear Ahmed, we can't imagine our life without you in it."

This is Ottawa’s third homicide of 2017.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Ottawa Police Major Crime Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5493. They can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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