Baltimore police are investigating the death of a 97-year-old man, who was found slain in his home in East Baltimore.
Officers responded to a report of a suspicious death in the 1700 block of Darley Avenue around 6:50 p.m. Friday. Upon arrival, responding officers discovered Wadell Tate unresponsive with trauma to his body. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Family members found Tate unresponsive and immediately notified police.
Investigators noticed signs of forced entry, but have not determined if any items were removed from the home.
During a news conference on Saturday, T.J. Smith, police spokesman said, “I’m just not certain if hell is enough for this type of person who inflicted this type of harm on a 97-year-old.”
Family members referred to Tate as “Pop-Pop.” He lived in the Darley Park neighborhood in the same house for 61 years, said Tate’s son-in-law, Charles Thomas.
Tate’s wife died three years ago. A family member said she believed Tate had been targeted.
The neighborhood has been declining over the past few years, forcing many people to stay in the home after dark, Thomas said.
A neighbor who has lived in the neighborhood for 57 years said Tate liked to sit on the porch and talk with his neighbors.
Tate’s killing pushes Baltimore’s homicide rate to 192 this year.