LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A woman is calling the brutal homicide in her neighborhood unsettling. This comes after new details were released on the man killed in his home on Alabama St. in Lafayette. Lafayette Police say the homicide investigation continues.
Annie Schap lives a few homes down from the victim and she’s trying to put the pieces together.
“We thought who have we not seen in such a long time and there was this one man — neighbor who was always very kind to us,” said Schap. “He would walk back and forth a lot and we saw him every day and I thought, oh he's the person that I have not seen in a long time.”
The Tippecanoe County coroner is waiting on DNA-test results before releasing the man's name. According to the autopsy report, his body had been laying in the home for a couple of weeks.
“It makes me so sad to think that nobody came to check on this man in that long of a time,” said Schap. “Even the neighbors, I mean, I didn't think of it, you know, so it's really... loneliness makes me really sad.”
Lonely is how Schap would describe many of her neighbors.
“I think a lot of people in our neighborhood are lonely people and I think that he was one of the lonely people,” said Schap. “It breaks my heart that he was there for so long and nobody came to check on him.”
The victim was found decomposing with more than 50 stab wounds all over his body.
“It's really sad,” she said. “It was such a gruesome thing, that's really tragic and surprising and nobody expects things like that.”
Schap said the neighborhood has actually seen improvements since the addition of more infrastructure in the area. She believes this was an isolated attack.
“I do not feel afraid. I feel like it's a very safe neighborhood and I feel like any crime that happens really is between people and individual situations that don't necessarily involve the general public,” said Schap.
The Tippecanoe County coroner said the DNA-results will be available later this week.