The family of a man found dead in his apartment at 621 Valley St. in Willimantic yesterday said they believe 73-year-old William Alvarado was viciously murdered and they are asking for help.
State police detectives with major crimes are investigating what they called a suspicious death and have not released the name of the victim, but family members identified him as Alvarado.
"William was just a sweet, generous, kind person who didn't deserve to die the way he died," Melissa Lee, Alvarado's niece, said. "Especially in his own home, where you should feel safe."
Police said the office of the chief medical examiner will conduct an exam to determine the cause of death.
Lee and her family are asking whoever is responsible for Alvarado's death to come forward,
"Do the right thing," Lee said. "If you know anything, please call the police department. He deserves justice."
Family members said three people were brought in for questioning and released.