Man killed at encampment in Minneapolis was repeatedly stabbed

He died of "multiple sharp force injuries," according to the medical examiner.
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The death of a man whose body was found inside a tent at an encampment at Minnehaha Park has been ruled a homicide by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office. 

The medical examiner on Wednesday identified the man as 38-year-old Sedric Lee Dorman of Minneapolis. 

According to the release, Dorman died of "multiple sharp force injuries" at 12:18 p.m. on Jan. 3 at 4901 S Minnehaha Drive in Minnehaha Park. 

The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide, noting the Minneapolis Police Department is handling the investigation. 

Last week, Minneapolis police said they were called to the encampment on Sunday, Jan. 3, to "check on the welfare" of a man inside one of the tents. They found the man's body inside a tent, which had "experienced obvious trauma."

Police said when they arrived "numerous people fled on foot," but noted they may have fled because they "mistakenly believed the officers were there to assist in disbanding the encampment."

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The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) had on New Year's Eve served those staying at the Minnehaha Park encampment with a notice informing them they must vacate the site by Sunday (Jan. 3).

Over the summer, a growing number of tent cities housing people experiencing homelessness popped up in Minneapolis parks after 200-300 people were evicted from the Midtown Sheraton Hotel. 

In an effort to limit the number of encampments and tents in each park, MPRB set up a permitting process, with those without the proper permits being evicted. 

As of Jan. 6, 2020, only one encampment remained, MPRB's website states. That encampment at Minnehaha Park has eight tents. 

Note: Some of the details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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