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OKLAHOMA CITY -- It’s Oklahoma City’s 67th homicide of the year. The latest victim is a senior citizen, murdered inside his own home.

A family friend made the discovery last night when she went to check on him. Police aren't giving many details about their investigation, but family members hope our viewers have critical information that can lead to a killer.

LaTasha Eck, the victim’s niece, is understandably overcome with anguish. Her uncle, 76-year-old Mitchell Nash, was found dead inside this east Oklahoma City home Sunday evening.

“Wow. [It’s] hard to believe. Life is short and I wish I'd seen him before now,” says a very distraught LaTasha Eck.

It was around 8 pm when a family friend went to check on Mr. Nash. He hadn't been seen or heard from in days and she was worried about his well-being.

Police say the senior citizen had suffered "trauma to the body" but would not disclose the cause of death, a motive, or possible suspects.

Family members can't understand why anyone would murder such a kind, loving man.

“When I was a kid he would play jacks with me. You know, bounce the ball and catch 10 jacks. He used to sit on the floor and play with us,” Eck recalls.

All the family has fond memories and plenty unanswered questions.

A family member told us the victim's truck is missing so, robbery may have been a motive, but police will not confirm that.

If you have any information on this murder investigation, please call the Oklahoma City Homicide Tip Line at 405-297-1200.