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On Tuesday afternoon, the body of Shahabuddin Rana, 44, was found inside his Pizza Mart shop located along the 2300 block of 4th Street NE. Rana’s homicide was complicated by reports of a small fire near his body and by the fact that the D.C. Police Department would not say how he died. DCist and WJLA have followed the murder closely.

Today, City Desk called the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in an effort to clear up the mystery behind Rana’s murder. The medical examiner was able to provide the answer.

Rana died from “blunt head trauma” as well as “stab and incised wounds,” according to the office’s spokesperson Beverly Fields.

The police have handed out fliers seeking information on the murder.

Yesterday, the D.C. Police Department issued a press release on Rana. The police did not reveal Rana’s cause of death, writing:

“On Tuesday, August 18, 2009, at approximately 12:20 pm, members of the Fifth District were flagged down by a concerned citizen to check on the welfare of the owner of the Pizza Mart located at 2300 Fourth Street, NE. Upon entering the establishment, an adult male was observed unconscious and unresponsive lying on the floor.  DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department personnel responded and determined that there were no signs of life.  The decedent has been identified as 44-year-old Shahabuddin Rana of the 800 block of Sligo Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland.

The cause and manner of death of the decedent are pending an autopsy to be performed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia; however, the death is being investigated as a homicide at this time.”

*photo courtesy of Fox.