Man found dead on sidewalk across the street from Franklin Elementary School

Update: This man has been identified as 79-year-old Roman Vila, and his death has been ruled the result of natural causes. Police say he suffered a cardiac arrest.

A man was found dead Thursday morning lying on the sidewalk outside a residence on William Street, and police are calling the death “suspicious.”

According to Trenton Police Lt. Stephen Varn, around 7:30 a.m. Thursday, officers were dispatched to the 200 block of William Street where they found a man lying on the sidewalk. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

It’s too early in the investigation to speculate, Varn said, “but right now it’s a suspicious death.”

Sources told The Trentonian, though, that the man may have been beaten to death.

Members of the Mercer County Homicide Task Force were on-scene around 9:30 a.m. as the man’s body was being loaded into the coroner’s van. And the intersection of William and Dayton Street was blocked with crime scene tape.

The incident occurred directly across the street from Franklin Elementary School.

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