Liquor store owner killed in Hibbing, police launch homicide probe

The 60 year old died from homicidal violence, police say.
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A liquor store owner was found dead at a home near his business in Hibbing on Monday, with police launching a homicide investigation.

Hibbing Police Department confirmed Wednesday that Brian Nelson, 60, of Hibbing, died from "homicidal violence" at 2408 1/2 1st Avenue at 4:30 p.m. on Monday.

Nelson was the owner of The Bottle Shop at 2410 1st Avenue, next door to the home where Nelson's body was found.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was called in to assist after his body was found, with the Hibbing Daily News reporting they barricaded the store and the residence because of the suspicious nature of Nelson's death.

Hibbing PD has since said it doesn't appear as though his killing was a random act, adding that there's no danger to the wider public.

Community in shock

Nelson was a lifetime Hibbing resident, according to police, and has been described by family and friends as a "kind, caring person."

"They, along with customers, had a hard time fathoming why someone would want to hurt Nelson," the police press release said.

Friends told WDIO that Nelson was a "nice, unassuming guy" who always had a smile on his face, always had time to chat with customers, and "love his dog, named Dodo."

They added that Nelson's parents still live in town, with his father sometimes helping out at the liquor store.

Anyone with information should call 911.

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