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Autopsy: Man found dead in home was stabbed

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By Katie Banks

GREENVILLE, N.C. - A man found dead in his Greenville home was stabbed.

A relative found the body of 57-year-old David Knox on Saturday afternoon off Douglas Avenue.

Police found his stolen car at a business on Greenville Boulevard. Investigators searched it for more evidence that will lead to suspects.

Police are calling this a very active investigation.

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - The Medical Examiner's Office says an autopsy for a man found dead in his home is scheduled for Tuesday.

Investigators say a relative found 57-year-old David Anthony Knox dead in his home. It happened at 908 Douglas Avenue Saturday afternoon.

Police say they have several leads but have not made any arrests.

9 On Your Side talked with family and friends to find out more.

When he didn't see his cousin for a few days, Michael McLawhorn says he went to his home and saw the front door was unlocked. 

"Just before I went in, I just felt something wasn't right and I just seen a body laying down there motionless and I called his name twice," he says.

But there was no answer.

Police arrived at the home on Douglas Avenue and found the body of a man friends and family knew as Tony.

"Tony was a good person,” says Dawg Strong, a friend of Knox. “Good-hearted. If you needed anything, you could go talk to him."

"[He was a] loving person,” McLawhorn says. “Would give you the shirt off his back."

Police wouldn't describe how Knox died, but say they're investigating it as a homicide.

Neighbors say they're surprised to hear what happened.

"This is the hood, but no murders in no houses,” Strong says. “If someone gets shot, nine times out of 10 it's outside."

"I'd never known him to get in any trouble,” says Eva Wilkes, Knox’s relative and next door neighbor. “If he did, I didn't know about it."

Several neighbors say crime in the neighborhood is not uncommon. But they describe the street where Knox lived as a generally quiet place.

Some say his death now makes them feel unsafe there.

"Once we found out, it kind of made me want to lock up everything and keep a close eye on the house and stay close to my mom because she's all I have," says Tameca Sutton, Knox’s neighbor.

As police continue to search for a suspect, people who knew Knox say the neighborhood won't be the same without him.

"He was a genuine man,” says Sutton. “He rode past playing his gospel music. And everybody knew when he coming in and when he was going out because he had his gospel music kind of loud."

Strong says, "I hate that whatever happened to tony has happened. He will be missed."

And McLawhorn agrees, "I'm hurt. He was just like a brother to me."

Police say an autopsy is being performed to determine Knox's cause of death.

If you have any information about the investigation, you're asked to call Greenville Crime Stoppers at (252) 758-7777.

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Greenville Police say they're investigating a homicide at a home on Douglas Ave. in Greenville that happened Saturday. 

According to police, 57-year-old David Anthony Knox, who also goes by Tony, is dead. 

A relative stopped by Knox's home at 908 Douglas Ave. Saturday afternoon and found the victim. The relative contacted police around 4:25 P.M. 

Police say Knox's death is suspicious and they're investigating it as a homicide. 

Sgt. Joe Friday of the Greenville Police Dept. says they don't want to release anything about manner of death at this time. However, Friday says Knox's 2002 gray Mazda, with NC plate #WZX-4563, is missing. 

Friday says detectives developed several leads Saturday night and conducted a neighborhood canvass, interviewing family and neighbors. 

He says because it was getting dark, police secured Knox's home and will resume processing crime scene Sunday. 

If you have any details, please contact the Greenville Police Dept. Crime Stoppers at (252) 758-7777. 

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