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Dead body found at Oppenheimer Park

Photo of Oppenheimer Park's scene of death by Sindhu Dharmarajah

Police have blocked off a section of Oppenheimer Park after a body has been found in one of the tents this morning. The Park has been the site of an ongoing encampment of people asking for housing. 

Police and the Coroner attended and there are no visible signs of violence or trauma,” the Vancouver Police Department said in an e-mail. “While there was no apparent or obvious cause of death, it is not believed to be suspicious.The victim is believed to be 69.

Campers remained calm while patiently awaiting their eviction on the rainy day, despite the recent death in the park. Only a few protesters came out of their tents and were reluctant to speak about the incident.

Protesters were expected to be evicted by police later tonight.The court has ordered campers to be out of the park by 10 p.m. tonight.

The police intend to use body-mounted cameras on personnel during the eviction.

Earlier this year, protesters told The Vancouver Observer they wanted to stay at the encampment because single-room occupancy (SRO) hotels were often dirty, filled with bed bugs and unsafe.

Some people have compared the death to a similar incident at Occupy Vancouver three years ago, in which a young woman died at an encampment in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

With files from Sindhu Dharmarajah.

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