CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A community meeting was held Thursday night just over a week after 60-year-old Paul Wilson was found with severe head trauma in a Cambridge park and later died.
Police have not made any arrests and officials are continuing to ask anyone who may have seen something at Danehy Park on Jan. 2 to come forward with information. Wilson's death is being investigated as a homicide.
Community members were invited to the meeting at the Peabody School auditorium Thursday night with city officials, members of the Cambridge Police Department, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and staff from Riverside Trauma Center all gathering to address and hear from the public.
More than 200 people turned out to hear the latest on the investigation, with many expressing their concerns.
"It's unnerving," Cambridge resident Sabina Duborg said. "We don't know what's going on. You have someone out there that's killing people."
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan didn't say definitively if the homicide was random or targeted, but Cambridge Police and Ryan repeatedly told residents that they were safe, despite the lack of answers about the suspect.
"We understand while there was one victim, the entire neighborhood was victimized," Cambridge Police Commissioner Branville Bard said.
A close friend of the victim was at the meeting, still stunned by the death.
"It's 6:30 at night and there are a lot of people in that parking lot," Tom Meek said. "So, I'm kind of shocked that it happened."
Ryan and police asked people to come forward with any detail, no matter how small, and one woman said she did just that.
"I happened to notice something while I was out," the woman said. "Not in the park, but I just thought it would be helpful to share that information."
Police are hoping someone will remember Wilson, a Cambridge resident and software developer, who they said was wearing shorts and a red jacket when he was found.
Police tell Boston 25 News that investigators have been working around-the-clock since getting a 911 call last week from someone who noticed a man laying on the ground, badly beaten.
According to officials, a baseball bat was found near the scene, but it's unknown if it is connected to the homicide. Police say robbery does not seem to be a motive, as he still had personal items on him. It's unclear if the attack was random.
On Jan. 4, investigators were back at Danehy Park searching for clues; some searching a marshy area with rakes and shovels, but it's unclear what exactly they were looking for.
Police have also asked nearby businesses for surveillance video.
Anyone with information is asked to call Cambridge Police at 617-349-3300 or anonymously through the Cambridge Police Anonymous Crime Tip Hotline at 617-349-3359. Anonymous tips can also be sent through the Cambridge Police MyPD mobile app or via text message to 847411 (Text TIP650 and then type your message).
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