By Reg Chapman

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — St. Paul Police say the burned body found in an alley has been identified as 30-year-old Quincy Antwain Blue, of Brooklyn Park.

A 3-year-old boy and his mother discovered Blue on the east side of St. Paul Wednesday morning.

A badly burned body was found in an alley near Westminster and Geranium streets.

Yolonda Sim and her son Dominic walk her oldest children to the bus stop every day from their Westminster Street home. For some reason, Dominic wanted to take a different route back on Wednesday.

They walked down the alley behind their home. Dominic was the first to see the body.

“He said ‘Mommy look a ghost,'” said Sim.

Dominic was just feet away from the corpse. The body lay in the grass, next to the garage in the alley behind Sim’s home.

“At first he was just kind of shaking and kind of scared and asked me he wants to go home,” Sim said.

She went to a neighbor’s house to call police. When authorities arrived at around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday,  they discovered the body was badly burned. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the body but are still investigating a cause of death. Blue’s death is being investigated as a homicide.

“The burns were significant enough for us not to be able to tell the gender of the victim,” said Senior Homicide Commander Bill Martinez.

Word spread quickly around the neighborhood about the dead body being discovered. Many awoke to find yellow tape and investigators searching for clues.

“It’s really scary to know that something this bad happened right across the street from my house,” said neighbor Melissa Al-Qudah.

Homicide investigators said they now have a mystery on their hands.

“We don’t know if it’s a natural death. This is a death investigation until we get additional information,” said Martinez.

Sim said her children play in the back yard daily. She said they played there Tuesday and there was nothing unusual.

No arrests have been made in this incident.

Reg Chapman

Comments (47)
  1. HUH!? says:

    why is a 3 year old playing in an alley????

    1. Ali says:

      Obviously you don’t live in an area with an alley, it is quite common for kids to play in the back of their homes, which are connected to the alley behind. Kids do it in my neighborhood and they are not in the danger your comment makes them out to be and the people driving there (other neighbords) know there are kids around and drive appropriately and cautiously. Plus, if you don’t live on the block where an alley is located you aren’t supposed to be driving throught it … I am pretty sure that is enforced (although I could be completely wrong on that!).

      Anyway, II honestly don’t think they meant the child was actually playing “in” the driving area of the alley.

      Either way, burned body = G-R-O-S-S!!

      1. Brad says:

        True, but why are wild turkey’s living in an alley behind a home? Maybe they have a turkey mafia or mob that is getting out of hand.

    2. Crissy says:

      He was on a walk with his mom, she said they regularly played “in their backyard”! And why is that the most important part of this story, someone is dead!

    3. Kelley says:

      OK, Let’s set the story straight. I am the person that the mother came too for help. The three and half year old was not playing in the ally. He was walking in the ally with his mother and they saw the body. They then came to my home and told me, which I live 2 doors away and I called the police. The St.Paul police were somewhat prompt on there response to the call. it was a full day questions from the media. It saddens me for all the questionable beavior that goes on in our community. We are all hardworking people. It doesn’t mean you have a job you go to everyday or if you have a disability that gives you what you earn. Some are to quick to point there finger at what coulda or should be.

  2. red says:

    that’s exactly what I was thinking-

  3. M says:

    thats hilarous 🙂 put him away!

    1. Liz says:

      and just when he was turning his life around…..

      1. brother says:

        He wasn’t turning his life around he never had to, he was a very amazing man some people want to judge maybe you should have been murdered!j

        1. very sad says:

          @Brother: Don’t let them get you angry. There’s a group of trolls that use this forum to spout hate. The only way to deal with trolls is to ignore them. Just post around them like they don’t exist. Hope this fellow and his family get some justice. He sounds like a man who WILL be missed by those who knew and loved him.

  4. JamieinMN says:

    Children play in the alley all the time, especially in that area. It’s possible he was not directly IN the alley, but in his yard which is basically connected to the alley in that area. How disturbing for all who saw!

    1. JamieinMN says:

      It’s amazing how quickly they identified the body……after it had been burned so badly, you couldn’t tell if it was male or female.

  5. Sarah in Outstate MN says:

    This is horrible. That is a very traumatic experience for anyone, but for a child?!?! Terrible.

    1. tom says:

      child is 3 years old, will have forgot all about it in a few weeks. what do you remember from when you were 3 years old

      1. Krista says:

        Actually, I think around age 3 is when children develop their first memories. I was 3 and a half when my younger brother was born and I remember coming home from the hospital with him and my parents in my dad’s big blue Cadillac seeing our neighbors decorate our front yard for the new baby. I think something this big, finding a badly burned dead body, will probably stick with him forever. And if you have a 3-year old, you know they never stop asking questions…

      2. Sarah says:

        Tom, I remember quite a bit from being 3. Just like Krista, I also had a sibling born and I remember lots of details from that. Something this big will not be forgotten soon. I remember back in child development class in college that the human brain starts to remember events at about age 3 to 4. Memory is stored in the hippocampus part of the brain which is very large on humans. Some memory (sensory-smells, taste) is stored in the cortex.

  6. Sue says:

    If you actually read the article is says the toddler was on a walk with his mother.

  7. red says:

    the walk with his mother part was not in the story when it was first posted but G-R-O-S-S- is darn right!

  8. drea says:

    The body was found right behind the garage of the family who found the body. The kid was playing in backyard and lost his toy. So he wasnt necessarily “playing” in the alley.

  9. Gloria says:

    Perhaps the crime didn’t even take place where the body was found. That could have been the “dump site”. This could explain why people in the neighborhood didn’t see or hear anything. I’m sure they would have known if the person had been burned there…smelled it, etc. The dogs possibly smelled the remains for the past couple of days and were alerting to it even though nobody found the body until today.

    1. Les Johnson says:

      I would say that is almost an obvious observation, although the police haven’t said the same.

      If he had been THAT badly burned at the site he was found, the garage next to him probably would have gone up in flames, and at the very least a big ring around him of burnt grass, weeds, or scrub elms would have been singed, blackened, or entirely burned to ash.

  10. Susie says:

    In any case – yucky!

  11. Bob says:

    so they don’t know what the personn died from?? I would say lack of oxygen. To bad a 3 year old had to witness this.

  12. Katie says:

    A 3 year old can definitely remember things – maybe not years later but certainly months later. My 2 year old remembers who brought him to the hospital to see his baby brother after he was born 6 months ago. People are so quick to think that kids don’t know and don’t remember but that is definitely not true. That poor little guy (and his mother of course).

    1. Les Johnson says:

      “My 2 year old remembers who brought him to the hospital to see his baby brother after he was born 6 months ago.”

      Ask him again when he’s in 6th grade. I’m just sayin…

      Unless you keep reminding a child of these things, they fade in memory. If the parents don’t obsess over the child now and try and make him talk about it ad nauseum, he won’t be as inclined to store it as a scarring memory.

      1. Gary Lee says:

        Funny, my 29 and 30 year old daughters can remember some things – not every single incident, but many significant ones – from when they were 2 and 3 years old. I even remember a few incidents from that time, and I’m now in my late fifties. Is your memory really so bad that you cannot remember anything from that period? You should have that checked out by a doctor.

  13. Eastsider says:

    I have not idea where you gruesome posters with the disgusting comments are getting your information. According to the article and the newscast they said they could not tell if it was a man or woman, couldn’t tell the race – no one mentioned the body being a baby!! More than likely the body was dumped there – check out the proximity to 35E and and Maryland exit. How much you want to bet if it was a woman, she was killed by an abuser and burned to cover it up and if it was a man, it’s a drug deal or gang issue gone bad and again, the body was burned to cover it up.

    1. Kevin....I mean Gangsta K says:

      Sorry but all news sources stated the body was black….but they could not tell gender…..its been a bad month for the black community……why are the posters disgusting? They are not killing everyone in their race……

  14. disgusted says:

    something tragic happens in our neighborhoods & you log on to make jokes? fact: someone was found BURNED. by a child. i’ll wait for the punchline…i won’t even go into the racist comments because, hey it’s minnesota. what else would you expect from the privileged?

  15. Joe Towns says:

    Jeff, ur an ass for those comments, anyways its not a damn baby so dnt worry about the welfare u jerk! he was a local rapper by the name of Brown-child, his cd is on itunes, he was a family man with a wife and 2 kids, by the way he didn’t beat her! he got accepted to college with an 4.0 gpa. This will tear down the local music sceen…

  16. Crissy says:

    Seriously?! wth is wrong with you???

  17. Crissy says:

    wth is wrong with you too?! you are an idiot! why because its in the east side of saint paul? IDIOTS!

    1. m says:

      shouldn’t talk about your self like that

  18. Nakeshia Warren says:

    RIP Blue. I’m so sorry to hear about something like this happening to you out of all people. I have know you since we were 7 or 8 and you have always been an amazing person. I’m asking our heavenly father to wrap his arms around Cole and the boys.


    1. Vanilla Ice says:

      If he was such a “good man” why was he out in the middle of the night runnin with murderers instead of being at home with his neglected kids??? Blacks are the worst parents ever..Also,he had ZERO talent as a Rapper..He was totally Whack!!

  19. JAVA STARR says:



    1. Blue the Sissy says:

      He was alot of things,but NOT a Father..A Father would have been at home with his kids at 3am.

  20. Ms. Neisha says:

    Quincy was a good man and a good father. I’ve known Q for 19 years and I am blessed to have known him. This is such a hard pill to swallow. Q was a very sweet, fun-loving person to be around. I truly enjoyed his short time here with us. My heart goes out to his mother, his two boys, and the rest of his family. You will be forever missed. You are forever loved!!! Rest Peacefully Q.

  21. very sad says:

    “We don’t know if it was a natural death.” Really? Is s burned body ever “natural”? Like maybe spontaneous combustion is now on the list of natural causes? Or maybe he died and then was burned? Well then, that’s OK, someone was just trying to save a buck on cremation. The poor guy was turning his life around, but someone just wouldn’t let him.

    1. Brandy says:

      I was thinking the same question, how do they not know?

  22. Gloria says:

    I feel badly that there are so many negative, horrible comments here. A human being has died, and his burned body left in an alley…show some compassion, and let the police do their jobs in hopefully, solving this case.

  23. jeff says:

    jeff, cordell and hiphop; count your blessings that i’m not running things. you’d be put to death immediately. you are all great, big, useless wastes……………..

    1. me says:

      you need to hang yourself

  24. sasha wiliam says:

    ~r.i.p quincy blue u are loved and missed dearly ~

  25. Nicole P says:

    Wow the nerve of some people and their inconsiderate ways…. But I can’t be mad because it’s obvious that those who speak of Quincy in a negative way don’t have a clue to who he was! He was an amazing father, husband,brother,uncle,cousin,and friend! I was with this man for 15 years and he was god sent! And to the ass hole that questioned why was he out with ” murderers in the middle of the night” dumb ass he had been missing since 7 pm dog! God is good! And if you was lucky enough to have known him you consider yourself lucky! God watches over babies and fools… So you fools be blessed! Signed Nicole P

  26. Theresa says:

    I feel really bad for this man and his family. These comments are disgusting. We are in the year 2011 is racism seriously necessary. To the people who live there, I’m moving into this neighborhood really soon, is it decently safe other than this occurence? It seemed fine when we were there..but..