UPDATED:Dog walker finds body in Lachine park

The body of a murdered man was discovered by a dog walker strolling through a park in Lachine by the canal late last night.

Montreal police say there are signs of violence on the body.

"The (dog walker) found the body near the edge of the Lachine Canal," said Montreal police spokesman Jean-Pierre Brabant. Brabant said the victim was known to them for minor crimes.

Police had no other details on the 37-year-old victim and so far have no suspects or witnesses.

Monk Park is near the corner of St. Joseph Boulevard and 7th Avenue, alongside the Lachine Canal.

Residents in the area say they're unnerved and surprised by the news, though several say they have noticed an uptick in crime in the area, including drug trafficking and prostitution.

Jean Côté has lived for the past 14 years in a condo across the street from the area where the body was found. He told CJAD 800 news that the news was unsettling.

"I can't say I'm overly surprised.I'm surprised it happened so close here in front of the park," Côté said.

Walking around the area is normally fairly safe, Côté added.

"Most of the time during day, yes. At night, I would not, because some of the drunks stay there at night and they cause trouble," Côté said.

It's the seventh homicide of the year on Montreal police territory.

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