Police: Body in burning Salisbury apartment was homicide victim

SALISBURY, N.C. — Fire officials found a body Sunday morning when they responded to a fire call at an apartment in Salisbury.

Crews found Joseph David Walker, 37, just before 7 a.m. inside an apartment at Alexander Place Apartments on Hamilton Drive.

Later in the afternoon, officials ruled his death a homicide.

Salisbury police and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations are investigating the incident as a suspicious death.

Neighbors told Channel 9 they were shocked and scared to learn what happened and said it’s a quiet complex and neighborhood.

“It’s a great community. We’ve never had any problems,” said Dominque Luster. “Usually everybody tends to themselves, you know, nobody really bothers anybody.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Salisbury Police Department at 704-638-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

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