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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WCNC)

-- Police now say a dead man found in a house filled with pipe bombs was murdered, but aren't saying how he died.

The victim is identified at 65 year-old Alva Richard Brewer, who lived at 1009 N. Sharon Amity Road. Neighbors knew him as Al.

Investigators found five pipe bombs in his house Monday evening and two more on Tuesday.

CMPD's Bomb Squad removed the initial explosives overnight and have the two additional pipe bombs secured.

Brewer's murder and why the explosives are there is a mystery police and neighbors are trying to figure out.

"[He was] very friendly, very nice-- spoke to us whenever he came out," said neighbor Joe McGaha.

"Shocked, can't imagine," said neighbor Jon Howell, "He always seemed to be clear in the head."

Police found Brewer and the pipe bombs during a routine search of the house after an acquaintance found Brewer dead inside the house Monday afternoon.

By Monday night, police evacuated people from nearby homes as the bomb squad moved in.

That made neighbors nervous.

"Yes, having been in the military for 23 years, I know homemade improvised devices can be very unstable, so yes, I was," McGaha stated.

By Tuesday, police expanded their crime scene search-area to include garbage cans about 30 yards from Brewer's house.

WCNC Charlotte could see police pulling what appeared to be clothing or towels out, taking pictures and bagging it as evidence.

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