For six decades, Wadell Tate lived in a two-story row house in Baltimore. It was also where the 97-year-old died last month in his pajamas, bludgeoned to death by intruders, reports the Washington Post. Intruders kicked in his back door on July 21, and when Tate didn't answer the phone, one of his daughters rushed over to find her father dead on the bedroom floor, covered in blood and blankets. Police determined he died of blunt force trauma, though they've been unable to point to a motive, reports the Baltimore Sun. Nothing appeared to have been stolen from the home and "whatever they needed from him, they could have easily gotten," notes Baltimore Police Department spokesman TJ Smith.
Instead, the apparent intruders opted to kill Tate in a way that was "brutal" and "absolutely inhumane," says Smith, whose own brother was killed in a break-in weeks ago. There aren't "enough words to describe how disgusting an act of violence this is," he adds, per the Post. Smith vows police will "hunt down and find the evil, despicable human being responsible for this act," noting "we need answers, and sadly we don’t have any," per the Sun. Tate is just one of 211 people killed this year in Baltimore, which saw murders rise by 78% and violent crime rise by 22% in 2016, per AFP. His killer "took away his right to die on his own," says one of Tate's daughters to the Post. "He still had life in him," adds a neighbor. "And he wanted to live."