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Police identify man found dead under truck in Fargo auto repair lot

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Police responded Monday evening, Feb. 5, to a report of a dead body found in a lot behind an auto repair shop in the 1900 block of First Avenue South in Fargo. Kim Hyatt / The Forum2 / 2

FARGO – Police have identified a Fargo man found dead Monday evening under a dump truck in a lot behind an auto repair business in the 1900 block of First Avenue South.

Abdelwahab Ashor, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene behind Bilal Auto Repair Workshop, 1902 1st Ave. S., Fargo police said in a statement Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Police said no foul play is suspected in Ashor’s death. And they have said it does not appear the truck was related to his death.

The cause of his death has not been released. An autopsy is planned for sometime this week, police said.

Fowzia Adde, a leader in the local Somali community, said she had talked to others in the community to find out more about Ashor. “The community doesn’t know yet what is going on about that,” Adde said.

The high Monday was 6 degrees in Fargo and the low was minus 7, with wind chills around minus 20, the National Weather Service reported.

Over the weekend, the weather was even colder. Sunday’s high was 3 degrees and wind chills dropped to minus 35.

In January 2014, a homeless man died of exposure just a block from where Ashor’s body was found. In that case, Randy Lee LaFontaine, 48, was found under a truck in the 1900 block of Second Avenue South.

LaFontaine had no permanent address and frequented the Gladys Ray Shelter, 1519 1st Ave. S. It’s the area’s only shelter that takes in homeless people who have been drinking alcohol. Autopsy results showed that LaFontaine had alcohol in his system, and his death was ruled accidental.