By George Solis

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — City police investigate the murder of an elderly man found inside a home in South Baltimore. Neighbors tell WJZ the victim is a well-known figure in the Brooklyn community.

It was a dramatic scene in South Baltimore, with police focusing their attention on a home in the 400 block of Cambria Street in Brooklyn late Friday morning.

The scene has now become an ongoing murder investigation of an 83-year-old man.

The news was too much to bear for some in the community.

“Oh my god!” one woman said.

Neighbors in the community tell WJZ the victim was well respected, often referred to as the mayor of Brooklyn.

“For this to happen in his home is devastating,” said Shawn Trusedale.

Police say they initially went to the home for a report of an unresponsive person in need of medical help. Once they got inside, they found the elderly man suffering from trauma to the body.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“He was such a good community person. He cleaned up the streets and helped everybody out,” said Pat Wills.

Now the search for answers is on.

“That’s a cold-blooded person and they need to be brought to justice,” said Trusedale. “So if anybody knows anything, they need to come forward and let them know because this man didn’t deserve that.”

Police have not identified the victim, but neighbors tell WJZ he was a long-time resident of the area.

Neighbors also tell WJZ crime has been spiking in the neighborhood. Anyone with information is asked to come forward.

Anyone with information is urged to contact homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.

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