Police are still trying to figure out how the men got into the house since there did not appear to be evidence of a break in. In the meantime, for the victim's heartbroken family, none of this makes any sense. Sources told News 4 the burglars may have beaten him, but the nature of his deadly injuries wasn't clear. He was like a father to me. "We're in NY so there's bad things that happen all over the city, but very specifically for this neighborhood, to have something like that happen here, I'm just really shocked", said neighbor Michael Rice.
Grose said the Thompsons had been married for decades, and now Ethlin Brumley will be without her partner.
"There are no words to properly capture the outrage our community is experiencing over the death of Waldiman Thompson", Adams said.
They tied up the couple and rummaged through the house, one of several row homes on the block. The woman said that a home invasion had taken place at her Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood home in Brooklyn.
"The officers entered the apartment and found her 91-year-old husband tied up and lying on the floor and he was unresponsive", NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Kemper said.
Investigators believe he may have died of shock, because he had no other injuries, according to ABC's NY station WABC.
The woman was treated on the scene by EMS for superficial marks around her legs likely caused from being tied up. "They are good people".
A nephew was at the home 30 minutes before the invasion and has since been questioned by police. There wasn't initially any sign of forced entry, though police stressed that the investigation is still in its preliminary stages. Meanwhile, the area is covered with surveillance cameras, and detectives hope that the footage will give them some clues.