Saskatoon police have arrested and charged 28-year-old Lajray Gordon in connection with a June homicide. Gordon has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a 24-year-old man. His name has not been released to the public.

“It’s a great feeling for our investigators to make an arrest,” said Alyson Edwards of the Saskatoon Police Service. “And perhaps see some justice done for the family. It’s difficult though. Five months is five months too long.”

On June 18, 2016 police were called to the 300 block of Avenue E S. on Saskatoon’s west side, where they found a man badly injured. He died later in hospital.

It was Saskatoon’s 8th homicide of the year. Lyle Lecomte was in his front yard when he said he saw a young man walking north on the other side of the street, toward 20th Street.

He said a verbal exchange took place before a man was stabbed three times.

Police said Gordon is facing a number of charges including the second-degree murder charge.

Gordon made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon. His next court appearance is on Friday.

Police said the name of the victim will not be released at request of the family.

Police also thanked local businesses for providing surveillance footage, which they said aided in the investigation.

“This was difficult in the sense that, even though it happened in the middle of the day, in a public area, there just wasn’t a lot to go on,” said Edwards. “Our investigators found themselves speaking to businesses in the area and thankfully they were good enough to assist where they could.”