Medical examiner identifies body found in burned pawn shop in Minneapolis

Max It Pawn Shop Photo: KSTP. Max It Pawn Shop

Updated: October 20, 2020 02:56 PM
Created: October 20, 2020 02:52 PM

Tuesday, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man whose body was found inside of a burned south Minneapolis pawn shop as 30-year-old Oscar Lee Stewart Jr. 

Stewart’s body was found inside the wreckage of Max It Pawn on East Lake Street on July 20.

Body found in burned building in Minneapolis, police say

The medical examiner’s report says Stewart died from “probable inhalation of products of combustion and thermal injury from an intentional building fire.” His death is considered a homicide.

In June, 25-year-old Montez Terril Lee was charged by the U.S. Attorney's Office in connection to the arson of the building.

The building was set on fire during the protests that followed the death of George Floyd.

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