A sad scene in Springfield today after one man has died on Maple Street.

His identity is still unknown as investigators try to find out why this happened.

Neighbors and friends of the man they say was killed have been left in tears.

Police said a man was found underneath a car.

Neighbors and friends of the victim tell us this wasn’t just any car; it was his car.

His death has been ruled as a homicide.

Western Mass News spoke with Teresa Gallant, a neighbor of the victim.

“He’s a loner, he’s single, he’s 24 years old. He didn’t bother nobody. I just saw him last night, he was home, and next thing I get a phone call,” Gallant said.

Gallant told us she had seen him just hours before. She then woke up to the last call she’d ever expect.

“I got a phone call this morning from his friend saying that she thought that my neighbor was dead,” Gallant told us.

Springfield Police confirmed that a man was found dead outside the Maples Apartments around 6 a.m.

Tammy Burgos said she is a close friend of the victim.

She has known the man for three years and is trying to understand why someone would take it this far.

“Probably for his money, his new car,” Burgos said. “He had it all. He came up from nothing, he had it all.”

Burgos was in tears with fellow friends asking police for answers.

Detectives were on scene for hours trying to piece together what happened and find those responsible.

The incident joins the list of crimes in Springfield in recent weeks including a double shooting on Maple Street two weeks ago, shootings on Fort Pleasant Avenue, Alderman Street and Knox Street, where a 20-year old was killed.

A stabbing was also seen on Alderman Street prior to the shooting.

Those impacted said they just wonder when the crime will come to an end.

“I don’t know how I’m going to deal with it,” Burgos told us. “I really don’t.”

Western Mass News continues to follow this story and will share updates as they become available.

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