Minneapolis Bicyclist's Death Investigated as "Apparent Homicide"
A man killed while on a night time bike ride in south Minneapolis has been identified, according to WCCO.
Mark Loesch, 41, a Minneapolis computer specialist, was discovered around 7 a.m. Thursday not far from his home in a front yard in the 3700 block of Elliot Avenue South. According to the Star Tribune, it is not clear how long the victim was in the yard before someone found him. Officers arrived to find Loesch suffering from â€œsevere traumaâ€? and called for an ambulance, the Star Tribune reports.
According to WCCO, Loesch e-mailed a friend saying heâ€™d finished putting a new tire on his bicycle after working on it before 10 p.m. Wednesday night. Then Loesch watched the late news with his wife, who went to bed afterwards. Friends think Loesch perhaps went to show off his new tire on a quick night time ride.
There have been other recent incidents of violence in the neighborhood where Loesch was found, according to WCCO. Three African-American teens suffered gunshot wounds on the same day Loesch was found.
The Star Tribune is reporting no suspects have been arrested in a case the Minneapolis Police Departmentâ€™s homicide unit is investigating as an â€œapparent homicide.â€?