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Student found dead in pool of blood at Ottawa apartment

A body is brought out of this west Ottawa apartment building, Dec. 6, 2012.

Credits: Darren Brown/Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency

DANIELLE BELL | QMI AGENCY

OTTAWA -- Police are investigating after a man was found dead, with slash wounds, lying in a pool of blood in an apartment Thursday.

The man who died is said to be a university student. Police arrested a man -- believed to be the victim’s roommate -- at the Meadowlands Dr. apartment where the death occurred.

The victim had lacerations to his neck and face, as well as head trauma, sources said. He was found lying in a pool of blood, and a bloody knife was seized nearby. A half-naked man with a bloody face was arrested at the scene.

Neighbours said two or three students lived in the top-floor unit of the three-storey complex where the body was found. Shortly after 3 a.m., several tenants awoke to screams.

“I heard screaming, yelling and commotion,” said Kyle Soikie, who lives on the second floor.

Police were called to a disturbance by neighbours, and found one man dead inside.

Ottawa police Insp. Don Sweet said the arrested man was taken to hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. He was released from hospital but remains in police custody.

The victim’s family is believed to not live in Canada, and officers are trying to track down his next of kin.

The death is being treated as a homicide “unless ruled otherwise,” sources said.

Major crime detectives are leading the investigation, which continues.

-- with files from Doug Hempstead

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