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Cyclist Death is ruled a Homicide

According to the Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com/crime/story/1425232.html, the police continued their investigation Saturday into the violent death of a man who had been riding his bicycle in south Minneapolis.

Mark Loesch, 41, of Minneapolis, death was ruled a homicide by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office, after he sustained multiple blunt-force head impacts. He left his house around 10 p.m. Wednesday night and was later found barely breathing on a lawn on the 3700 block of Elliot Avenue S. -- less than 1.5 miles from his home -- about 7 a.m. Thursday. He died before paramedics arrived to the scene.

MSNBC http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20783241/ reports that Samantha Loesch called police early Thursday after she woke to find that her husband of 16 years had not returned home. About an hour after she called, a police chaplain arrived at her front door with the bad news.

Loesch was a loving husband and father of three girls and will be sorely missed. Jim Balabuszko-Reay worked with Loesch at Healthia Consulting, an information technology company in Golden Valley. He said he and other colleagues were shocked when they learned Loesch was killed. "This is a horrible nightmare," he said. "For something so random to happen, it was just a shock. He is such a sweet person."