Investigation into homicide of 78-year-old Lansing man

(WLNS) – Eaton County Sheriff’s Department are investigating into the homicide of 78-year-old John Abraham from Lansing, who died Tuesday.

Around 8 p.m. Eaton County Sheriff’s department received a call from a family member that Abraham was unresponsive, not breathing and had an injury.

By the time Deputies arrived on scene, the Emergency Response team had pronounced him dead, and after seeing the body, Eaton County called in detectives to investigate the death as a homicide.

The man lived alone in the home, and neighbors say the neighborhood has always been calm, and a tragedy like this has left many in shock.

Robert Jenkins has lived in the neighborhood for more than two decades and when he found out the news that his long time neighbor, a man Jenkins describes as his mentor and friend, had died and how the death was being investigated, it was an unfortunate surprise.

“I couldn’t believe it happened to someone who was such a nice person as he was,” Jenkins said.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Department wouldn’t go into detail on the state of Abraham when they found him, but said there is no possibility the death was an accident or from natural causes.

“There was obviously signs, just definitely was a homicide,” Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich said.

Jenkins says for those who knew Abraham, this loss is one that won’t go unnoticed, and there is a list of things he will miss now that Abraham is gone.

“Him being around and talking and giving me little pointers and things like that. He was that type of person that understood and was compassionate,” Jenkins said.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Department will continue to investigate into the causes behind the death.

Stay with 6 News for updates on the cause of death and if any suspects are charged.

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