Neighbors in dark about Vancouver homicide

Fernando Cendejas-Pardo was 31

A man was found dead at this home in Vancouver, May 9, 2016 (KOIN)
A man was found dead at this home in Vancouver, May 9, 2016 (KOIN)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — More than 2 days after a man was found shot to death in a Vancouver apartment home police identified him as Fernando Cendejas-Pardo.

The 31-year-old died from multiple gunshot wounds and his body was found around 4 a.m. Monday in the 4500 block of Nicholson Road.

Vancouver Police Department spokesperson Kim Kapp told KOIN 6 News there was a reason for the delay in releasing his identity. Initially police said there was no threat to the public, but on Tuesday they asked for the public’s help in finding his killer.

A man who lives in the same apartment complex — who asked KOIN 6 News not to show his face or identify him because he wants his wife and daughters to be safe — said he is worried.

“It was very shocking. I don’t know if it’s safe to live here. I’m just kind of worried having 2 kids,” the neighbor said.

He said he heard noises coming from Cendejas-Pardo’s apartment.

“It just sounded a little bit loud, like people were moving stuff,” he said. “It didn’t sound like any struggling was going on. It just sounded like people were moving stuff.”

He saw police cars but didn’t know police were looking for a killer.

Kapp declined to speak on-camera with KOIN 6 News about the case. She explained by phone patrol officers were the first responders but had to wait for detectives and a warrant before processing the scene.

Only after that could they determine a homicide happened, she said.

Police want to know if anyone saw anything unusual or may have surveillance video from the area around Falk Road between Fourth Plain Boulevard and SR-500 early Monday morning.

But families living nearby are on alert.

“Somebody on the loose, it’s kind of scary,” the neighbor said. “I think they (police) should keep people aware, but at the same time they don’t want to scare people too much.”

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