Body found in southeast Edmonton deemed a homicide

Amir Ahmed Qureshi, the 25-year-old man found dead in south Edmonton on Wednesday, was shot several times

Victim convicted of fire bombing a Millwoods home in 2008

The 25-year-old's body was found early Wednesday morning near Meridian Road. 1:40

A 25-year-old man found dead in south Edmonton Wednesday was shot several times, said police.

Amir Qureshi, 25, was named Thursday as the victim of Edmonton's latest homicide. (Edmonton Police Service)

The victim is identified as Amir Ahmed Qureshi of Edmonton.

Qureshi's body was found in a ditch in the area of Ellerslie Road and Meridian Street just before 9 a.m. by a worker spraying for mosquitos.

Police said that Qureshi may have been shot somewhere else, and added that  the body was not at the location for long before it was discovered.

"We're trying to piece together Amir's last hours and haven't ruled out other crime scenes," said Insp. Kevin Brewzinksi on Thursday afternoon.

"We believe that friends and family spoke with the victim on Tuesday," said Brezinski in an earlier news release.

Police are now hoping to  speak with Qureshii’s friends and family to establish when he was last seen or heard alive.

They are also asking the public for help in finding a 2006, red, four-door Mitsubishi Lancer with Alberta license plate GWA 322.

Three years ago Qureshi pleaded guilty to throwing a Molotov cocktail at a house in Millwoods in 2008.

The fire caused $35,000 in damage to the house at 23rd Street and 35A Avenue, but no one was hurt.

Qureshi was sentenced to 18 months of house arrest, followed by 18 months of probation.

This is the city’s seventh homicide of the year.