One found dead after homicide in Marcy-Holmes

The Minneapolis Police Department has opened a homicide investigation into the crime that occurred early Wednesday morning.

by Audrey Kennedy and Niamh Coomey

A 27-year-old male was found dead at the intersection of 7th Street Southeast and 5th Avenue Southeast early Wednesday morning. The manner of death was ruled a homicide, according to a police press release.

Police identified the victim as Abdoulaye Nene Cisse, who died of a stab wound to the chest around 5 a.m.

Officers gave him medical aid until paramedics arrived at the scene. He was pronounced dead later in the morning after being transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center.

As part of MPD’s investigation, the department’s crime lab collected evidence and processed the scene. Officers also spoke with multiple people and canvassed the area. 

The incident is the latest in a series of crime reports in the area. A University of Minnesota student was the victim of an attempted abduction in late September, prompting officials to hold a meeting answering residents’ safety concerns. 

A woman was robbed by a man claiming to have a gun in the same area a week later, and another student was the victim of an attempted sexual assault and abduction in February

Burglaries and larcenies have also continued to climb. From August to September, burglaries in Marcy Holmes doubled and larcenies increased from 45 to 52 cases. Auto theft has more than doubled compared to last year, according to the Minneapolis Police Department crime statistics. 

“These are the things you pray that never happen,” Elder said at a press conference in February. “It’s a heavily patrolled area. It’s frustrating to do all of the steps and to take all of the measures that we take and have this happen.”

This is a breaking news report. More information may be added as it becomes available.