Minneapolis police investigating 2 homicides within 7 hours of each other

Updated: August 13, 2019 08:40 PM

Summer violence is keeping the Minneapolis Police Department busy as they investigate two separate homicides within seven hours of each other.


Officers found one man dead along a popular bike path on West River Parkway late Monday night. Then early Tuesday morning, police were called out to 16th Avenue and Marshall Street Northeast, where they found another man dead on a railroad bridge.

Mayor Jacob Frey says he's going to add more police officers once the full budget proposal is announced on Thursday. He says it is going to take a lot more resources to handle crime.

Northeast Minneapolis homicide under investigation

"It's absolutely unacceptable," said Frey. "We need more officers to be able to build up those positive community relationships that we all want and so I will be delivering our budget presentation this Thursday and yes we will include additional police officers."

With violent incidents around the city, Minneapolis police are working alongside city lawmakers, calling for a bigger budget to add more staffing and hoping to get ahead of the crime before it's too late.

It's not clear how the man found dead on the railroad tracks near 16th Avenue and Marshall Street in the Northeast Minneapolis area died, but this sort of investigation is becoming too familiar to police. 

"It's very methodical, our investigators are very good, our crime lab is very good," said Minneapolis Police Sgt. Darcy Horn. 

Just six miles away and seven hours earlier, a man was found dead on the bike path on West River Parkway overnight Monday in an isolated area. 

"That roadway is closed, so to get to it, we had to ride on the bike path," said John Elder, Minneapolis Police Department spokesperson.

Police say his body "suffered trauma,"  though they are still waiting for the Hennepin County Medical Examiner to release the cause and manner of death. 

Homicide investigation underway after man found on Minneapolis bike path

Many local to Minneapolis weren't too worried, believing these were isolated incidents on the path that is otherwise crowded during the day. 

"I don't think people should be afraid of the city because of these very tragic incidents," said Alan Glend, who lives in Minneapolis. 

Police have not identified either men in both homicide investigations. As police are investigating, they haven't said whether they think any of the recent homicides are connected.

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