The body of a black man who appeared to be set on fire was found near Canfield Green Apartments in Ferguson, Missouri, the same complex where Michael Brown was fatally shot by officer Darren Wilson during an altercation on Aug. 9.
KTVI-TV reports that the man, in his 20s, was shot to death and set on fire. KMOX has sent a reporter to the scene.
The St. Louis County Police Department released the following statement:
“The St. Louis County Police Department is on the 9400 block of Glenn Owen in Ferguson, MO, near the intersection of Windwood and Glenn Owen.
At approximately 9 a.m. today, a citizen reported that an unresponsive man was inside a parked vehicle at that location. Responding officers discovered a deceased male inside the vehicle.
No information on the identity of the man or additional information about the man, ownership of the car or circumstances leading up to the discovery. … Detectives from the St. Louis County Crimes Against Persons are enroute to conduct the investigation.
This incident is currently being classified as a suspicious death and will remain so until evidence allows a different classification. No further information at this time.”
The discovery comes after a night of violent protests in the city. Dozens of buildings were set on fire and looted in the Ferguson area. More than 80 people were arrested after a grand jury decided not to indcit Wilson in Brown’s death.
According to hospital reports, at least 114 people were injured during the unrest.
Classes were cancelled in several Ferguson-area districts out of concern for the safety of getting children to and from school. Black lives matter.
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