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A 53-year-old man was found dead inside a residence near Duncan on Monday.

On January 20th, police responded to reports of an assault inside a residence on Mulaqw Road on Cowichan Tribes land.

See also: Second victim dead after Christmas Eve assault in Duncan

When officers arrived on site, they found a 53-year-old man who was seriously injured. First aid was administered and he was transported to hospital but eventually succumbed to his injuries.

The results of preliminary investigation has led police to believe that foul play was involved in the man’s death.

The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit has taken over the investigation and is working closely with the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP and the BC Coroners service.

“This tragic incident coming so soon after the Christmas Eve tragedy has shocked and saddened the public,” says North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Officer in Charge Inspector Chris Bear.

Police say this man’s death is an isolated incident not linked to the double homicide in Duncan in which Francois Shurie and his girlfriend Nellie Williams were killed on December 24th, 2019.

Anyone who has information about this investigation is asked to contact the VIIMCU information line at 250-380-6211, or the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Detachment at 250-748-5522.