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Patrick Kendrick, 32, has been identified as the Sacramento man who was killed before having his apartment set on fire to conceal evidence of the crime.

Firefighters responded to the fire Friday morning at an apartment on Norwood Avenue. They discovered a body inside and called police.

Authorities confirm the man had “trauma” to his body, which caused his death. The fire was likely a cover-up attempt, police say.

Patrick’s mother, Debbie Scheible, says any force used against her son was overkill. She says he had Crone’s Disease, leaving him grossly underweight.

“He could hardly eat, he was in so much pain,” Scheible said.

Debbie says she will have trouble paying for a funeral for her son. She asks people to send donations to:

3739 Norwood Ave. Apt. B

Sacramento, CA 95838

Police have not release any information about a motive.

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Scene of the fire Friday afternoon.

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Police now say that they believe the Friday morning fire where crews found a man dead was intentionally set by someone other than the victim.

The coroner’s office identified the man found dead as 32-year-old Patrick Kendrick earlier Saturday.

Authorities now say that Kendrick sustained “multiple traumatic injuries” to his upper body, but investigators are still looking into the cause of death. Due to the injuries, however, the case is being treated as a homicide.

Firefighters had called in homicide detectives after they found a dead body in the remains of a house fire along Norwood Avenue just south of I-80 late Friday morning.

A suspect was seen leaving the area in a white 1990’s Honda Civic. The car was missing its front hubcaps.

As reported later Friday afternoon, witnesses reported that the man inside the home was allegedly alive while the fire was burning.

 

Lonnie Wong and Sam Cohen contributed to this report.

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Crime scene tape remains up outside a home along Norwood Avenue.

SACRAMENTO—

The Sacramento County Coroner’s office has identified the man found dead after an apartment fire as 32-year-old Patrick Kendrick.

Firefighters had called in homicide detectives after they found a dead body in the remains of a house fire along Norwood Avenue just south of I-80 late Friday morning.

Authorities have said there is trauma on the body, making them treat the incident as homicide.

As reported later Friday afternoon, witnesses reported that the man inside the home was allegedly alive while the fire was burning.

Investigators have said that they have a person of interest in the fire – as well as with the homicide.

Sam Cohen and Lonnie Wong contributed to this report.

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02/01/13

Victim Heard Yelling for Help During Fire

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Crime scene tape remains up outside a home along Norwood Avenue.

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A man found dead inside a north Sacramento home after a fire was allegedly alive while the fire was burning.

FOX40’s Lonnie Wong spoke with a witness who tried to rescue the man after hearing him yelling for help.

The witness and others found the door locked and couldn’t get in before the flames and heat became too much.

Meanwhile, investigators say they have a person of interest in the fire and possibly the homicide, they were seen driving a white Honda Civic with no hubcaps.

Watch FOX40 News at 6 p.m. for more details about this ongoing investigation.

Local News
02/01/13

Dead Body and Suspicious Circumstances Bring Detectives to House Fire

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Investigators and firefighters are on scene at a house fire along Norwood Avenue

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Firefighters called in homicide detectives after they found a dead body in the remains of a house fire.

The fire started at a home along Norwood Avenue just south of I-80 in Sacramento around 10 a.m. Friday.

There is trauma to the body, and Sacramento Police are treating it as a homicide. However, at least initially they do not know if the fire caused some of the trauma or if it was used to cover up the crime.

They are looking for a person to question in connection to the fire; a man was seen leaving in a white sedan right after the fire, and investigators would like to talk to him.

Norwood Avenue near Grand Avenue will be blocked for several hours as investigators process the home and talk to neighbors.

About a dozen people have been displaced as the investigation continues.

Local News
02/01/13

Investigators at Fire Scene, Possible Dead Body Inside

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Investigators are still on the scene of a house fire in North Sacramento, possibly to investigate a dead body.

There are reports from witnesses at the scene of the fire along Norwood Avenue that a body was found inside the home, after the fire was put out.

The fire started around 9:45 a.m., and witnesses told FOX40 there were several cop cars that quickly responded.

More information will be posted on FOX40.com as it becomes available.

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