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Police: Elderly Rock Hill stabbing death victim let attacker in

Update on Rock Hill man, 77, stabbed to death

Walter Marshall Faile was found stabbed to death July 7 at his Rock Hill public housing apartment.
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Walter Marshall Faile was found stabbed to death July 7 at his Rock Hill public housing apartment.

The 77-year-old Rock Hill man stabbed to death in his Rock Hill apartment last week was not likely the victim of a random crime but may have let whomever killed him into the apartment, police said Wednesday.

Walter Marshall Faile, who lived in Eastside Homes, public housing for low-income seniors east of downtown Rock Hill, was stabbed repeatedly in his home on Hutchinson Street last week and was found July 7 by a maintenance worker.

Many residents told The Herald on Monday they were fearful others may be at risk because police had not yet caught the attacker.

In a talk Wednesday about safety with area residents at the York County Council on Aging senior center just two blocks from where Faile was stabbed, Officer William Andrews told residents that it appears “it was someone who was let in.”

More, Andrews said, it was “not a random thing.”

Capt. Brent Allmon, a spokesman for the department, said Wednesday that interviews and forensic testing are being done but would release no other information about Faile’s death or the status of the investigation.

It is unclear if Faile was robbed. Faile was stabbed several times, police said, including injuries to his face and chest.

Police also have not released details about how long Faile had been dead when he was found July 7, although police have said he was dead several hours at least when he was found on his back in a pool of blood on the floor. Investigators have also declined to say if Faile had any defensive wounds.

Andrews, the officer at the safety meeting, told residents to keep doors locked and be careful about who they let in.

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