|Police Say Alameda Homicide Victim Beaten to Death|
Published: Saturday, 05 August 2006 18:00
Photos by Eric Turowski
In a press conference 3 p.m. Friday afternoon, Alameda police said that the man believed murdered on the 1000 block of Lincoln was most likely beaten to death. The victim, who police identified as 69 year old Blaise Basica, was found dead in his home at 10:51 p.m. Basica lived in the house at 1029 Lincoln Ave. with his common law wife, police said.
APD recieved a 911 call about an unconscious and unresponsive man inside, and found the victim dead. Police said that the 911 call came from a relative of Basica, but did not release the identity of the relative.
Lt. Mike Noonan, APD Investigations Division commander, said that the cause of death was most likely significant trauma to the head and body. Noonan described the scene as "indicative of a very violent attack."
Noonan said there was no evidence of a break-in.
Noonan also reiterated that police do not believe that the attack was random. "We don't have a serial killer, if you will," he said.
Though the investigation is still in its early stages, Noonan says there are "individuals of interest" they are looking at regarding this case. Police are continuing to follow emerging leads, and are currently in the process of contacting associates of the victim and his family.
Anyone with information about the incident should call the APD Violent Crimes Unit at 337-8319.