Edmonton: Neighbours shocked at ‘random’ beating of 65-year-old man

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Edmonton: Neighbours shocked at 'random' beating of 65-year-old man
Edmonton: Neighbours shocked at 'random' beating of 65-year-old man

Police looking for witnesses to the attack, which sent a man to hospital in life-threatening condition.

A 65-year-old man who was severely beaten in a random attack in southeast Edmonton is quiet and well-liked by neighbours and family, who remain shocked at the assault.

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William Vernon, a long-time resident of the neighbourhood. He was rushed to hospital in life-threatening condition after what police have called a “violent, random attack” in the Pollard Meadows neighbourhood on Wednesday.

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Vernon has lived in the residential neighbourhood for more than 30 years. He could frequently be seen walking in the area and visiting the library.

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The attack occurred around 3:30 p.m. near a walking path that connects the neighbourhood to a busy thoroughfare.

One suspect is in custody, but police are still looking for witnesses.

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