An autopsy is set for this morning to determine how homeless man Harley Lawrence died in an early-morning fire in a bus shelter in the small Nova Scotia town of Berwick.
Lawrence, 62, died in a bus shelter, where he slept most nights, around 2 a.m. Wednesday on Commercial Street in the town of about 2,500 in the Annapolis Valley.
RCMP found the remains of Lawrence, and are investigating the fire, which they have called suspicious.
On Wednesday, investigators searched the block around the bus shelter looking for evidence that could be used in a criminal investigation.
Meanwhile, people in the community are grieving the death of Lawrence, who had been living in the town for several months. They left flowers at the scene of the death, and on Thursday morning, a lone candle was burning in the middle of the shelter.
“He was like a longtime friend,” said Stanley Viner. “He always offered a hand. He was always nice, polite, talked to you. I’ll miss that – coming to Tim Horton’s and seeing him.”
Some people in the community are planning a candlelight service on Saturday to remember Lawrence