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Police, neighbors looks for answers to man's death

Police investigate death near Vanguard Church

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Police and neighbors looked for answers to a man's death Sunday.

Someone called police around 5:10 a.m. The caller found a man's body lying next to a van in a parking lot in the 3900 block of North Academy Boulevard.  Police would not say who the call came from.

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit spent the morning collecting evidence and taking photos of the crime scene.

Kristianna Affricano watched detectives work through her apartment window.

"Oh my gosh, you can see the body right there, oh my gosh," said Affricano as she opened up the living room window's blinds to check police activity.

"I hadn't seen the body yet because I though they had that covered up," said Affricano. "It's a shock."

The man's body was lying in a parking lot near Vanguard Church. The entrances to the church were blocked off by police tape. Pastors arrived early to see if the church could be opened for morning services.

"I don't know any details about the situation," said the church's senior pastor Kelly Williams. "I feel very bad about the situation and I pray for the loved ones of the victim."

Williams started Vanguard Church in 1997. The church moved to its current location near Austin Bluffs Parkway and Academy Boulevard in 2000.

"We have had issues before, but nothing to this extent," said Williams.

If the coroner determines it is a homicide, it will be the city's 27th homicide this year.

Affricano and her neighbors were frustrated by the violence they see and hear outside their windows.

"I think the police do need to start being here more often because there is a lot of drug activity, there is a lot of gang activity," said Affricano.

Affricano doesn't want to see anymore crime so close to home.

Colorado Springs police did not release any information about the victim or what they believe led to the man's death. Larry Herbert, a spokesperson with Colorado Springs Police, did not say if police had suspects or if they thought the death was gang-related. Herbert did not have statistics for how often police were called to the area to investigate crime.


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