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Man's death after incident at Grand Casino in Hinckley ruled a homicide

The 58-year-old died from blunt-force head trauma.

The death of a Coon Rapids man from injuries suffered at Grand Casino in Hinckley this past January has been ruled a homicide.

That's according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office, which on Tuesday confirmed Donald McElderry, 58, died from "complications of blunt force craniocerebral trauma." 

He sustained these injuries while at the casino at 777 Lady Luck Drive on Jan. 2, and died 12 days later at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale.

The Pine County Sheriff's Office is investigating McElderry's death, but wouldn't provide any information when asked about how he suffered the injuries.

"The case is an active investigation and we are not releasing any reports at this time," Sheriff Jeffrey Nelson told BMTN.

"We are aware of the incident that occurred in January at Grand Casino Hinckley," Grand Casino said in a statement. "Our hearts go out to the family of Mr. McElderry. "

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According to his Facebook page, McElderry had previously worked at Dedicated Logistics, Inc., and also ran his own drywall business.

His obituary states he was preceded in death by his parents and brother.

Grand Casino in Hinckley is located just off of I-35, between the Twin Cities and Duluth.

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