Police identify body found burning in trash can

Police have identified the body of a man found burning in a trash bin on Northeast D.C. as 19-year-old Heineken McNeil of Southeast.

D.C. police say the remains of McNeil were found at around 5:42 a.m. on June 23 on the 1200 block of Holbrook Terrace. Police were initially alerted to the crime when firefighters found the charred remains after extinguishing a trash bin fire. McNeil’s body was burned beyond recognition, requiring an autopsy by the Chief Medical Examiner to identify him.

On June 24, it was determined that McNeil had died from gunshot wounds before the fire, and his death was ruled a homicide.

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