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Police Chicago teen found in burning dumpster was alive when fire was ignited

October 20, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Police Chicago teen found in burning dumpster was alive when fire was ignited Demetrius Griffin Jr. found dead inside burning dumpster in Sept.

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Chicago Police officials have revealed that 15-year-old Demetrius Griffin Jr. whose body was discovered in a burning dumpster, was still alive when the fire was ignited.

Griffin was killed from “thermal injuries due to incendiary fire in a garbage can,” the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office indicated.

Police have officially determined Demetrius Griffin Jr.’s cause of death a homicide , WGN-TV reported.

The teen who was only a freshman at Steinmetz High School was discovered burned beyond recognition in an alleyway back in mid-September.

Friends and relatives assembled days after the teen was identified to hold a vigil where he was found.

Demetrius’ older sister and only sibling, Bre Melchor, along with his mother Polynesia Sykes, attended the memorial and begged for peace and information leading to the person responsible for the brutal slaying.

“I need your help, please,” Polynesia stated. “They’re killing our kids. You know who you are. Turn yourself in.”

Polynesia said she knew something was not right when the teenager missed his curfew the night before he was discovered. Demetrius, who just started his first year in high school, was looking to join the swim team.

A $7,500 reward is being offered for any information leading to the arrest of the boy’s killer. Authorities indicated that whoever started the fire might have also sustained burns.

No arrests have been made thus far.

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