Saugus Homicide Victim Identified

The incident occurred at 44 Collins Avenue on Saturday night, police said.

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Authorities have identified the victim of a homicide that occurred Saturday night in Saugus, Massachusetts.

The Essex District Attorney's Office on Monday identified the victim as 26-year-old Michael Norton.



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The district attorney's office, in conjunction with Saugus police and Massachusetts State Police, confirmed Sunday that they were investigating a fatal incident at the Essex Landing apartment complex.

Authorities have released very little information, only confirming there is an active investigation into a homicide that took place at 44 Collins Avenue.

Investigators haven't said how the victim died.

No arrests have been made at this time and the case remains under investigation, the district attorney's office said.

Neighbors told NBC10 Boston they were shocked and devastated after the death at their apartment complex just off busy Route 1.

"It’s just a horrible tragedy," Arianna Nelson said. "I think a lot of us are in shock trying to absorb that this actually happened. I think it feels like a nightmare, a living nightmare for a lot of us."

Nelson said the victim lived a few floors apart from his parents in the building and she last saw him a few days ago walking his dog.

“He’s just a personable young man, always smiling and joking," Nelson said. "It’s horrible. I can’t imagine what his parents are going through right now.”

"I cannot imagine what it's like to bury a child," Nelson added.

People who live in the area said they never heard a thing. NBC10 Boston has reached out to the apartment complex for comment but has not heard back.

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