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Homicide investigation underway after deadly stabbing in Traverse City

Courtesy: Brendan Lower

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU)-- A homicide investigation is underway after police say an argument escalated into a stabbing.

It happened Sunday around 4 a.m. on the 1100 block of Barlow Street in Traverse City.

“Sunday morning there was a couple cops parked in the alley and a forensics lab so we knew that something serious must have happened,” said a neighbor.

At 4 a.m. Sunday, Traverse City Police received a call from the homeowner of a house on Barlow Street saying there was a problem at his house.

“We had a 56-year-old male that was in the living room area and our officers arrived they started doing CPR and some clotting agents on him,” said Police Chief Jeffrey O’Brien. “EMS arrived and they determined that there was no life status there at all.”

Police say 56-year-old Daniel Floyd McKaye suffered multiple stab wounds after he and the 65-year-old homeowner got into an argument following a night of drinking.

“The homeowner had claimed that the victim, the 56-year-old, had actually attacked him and it was a self-defense type issue,” said O’Brien.

An investigation is underway, but no arrests have been made.

“At this point the 65-year-old is free,” said O’Brien. “He was also treated at Munson Medical Center for some wounds so all we're doing at this time it's an open investigation and we're trying to determine what happened.”

Neighbors say they're sad this happened, but not necessarily concerned.

“I feel sadness for the family I walk by that house all the time and I feel sadness for them,” said the neighbor. “But it does seem like it was kind of an isolated incident I think these things happen it seems like alcohol might have been involved so that's unfortunate as well.”

Police say they're unsure of the relationship between the two men, other than that they were drinking together that night.

A witness was originally in the home with them, but police say he left when things started to get heated between the two.

Traverse City Police have asked the Michigan State Police crime lab to help recreate the crime scene for their investigation.

The victim's body has been sent down to Kalamazoo where they will conduct an autopsy.

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