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97-year-old homicide victim died from blunt force trauma; police canvass neighborhood for tips

A 97-year-old man killed in his East Baltimore home last week died of blunt force trauma, according to Baltimore Police, who canvassed the neighborhood Friday asking for help in solving the case.

Waddell Tate was discovered by his family about 6:50 p.m. July 21 with signs of trauma to his body. After finding signs of forced entry at the rear of the home, police quickly ruled the case a homicide.

However, as of Friday, they still had little information that would help them identify a suspect. They still did not have a motive in the killing, which police spokesman T.J. Smith called “absolutely inhumane.”

Police are still unaware of anything having been stolen from the home — not that Tate's assailant would have needed to harm him to burglarize his home or rob him, Smith said.

“Whatever they needed from him, they could have easily gotten. Easily. But they decided to take his life in a brutal way. We need answers and sadly we don’t have any,” Smith said during the canvassing of the Darley Park neighbohood on Friday morning.

“We don’t have any tips that are leading us in the right direction of who that coward is that's walking the streets right now,” Smith said. “And it should rally the entire community — not just the Darley Park community, the entire community of Baltimore — to hunt down and find the evil, despicable human being responsible for this act.”

Anyone with information related to the attack is asked to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100 or text a tip to 443-902-4824.

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