Man found dead after house fire had been shot in the head

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UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KPLR)- Police have determined that a man found dead after a house fire had been shot in the head and killed.  Just after 5:00am Sunday, University City firefighters and police responded to a house fire in the 6800 block of Julian. After the fire was out, investigators found the man’s body.

The victim has been identified as Jeremy Smith, 33. The St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office came to the scene and determined that he had died from a gunshot wound to the head. Smith's dog was also found dead in the home. He likely died in the fire.

Smith had last been seen at home around 11:00pm on Saturday, July 4. He had lived there for about 3 years.

Investigators found what is believed to be a small amount of narcotics at the scene. No weapons were found.

University City detectives are investigating.  Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the University City Police Department at 314-863-7333 or Crime Stoppers at 866-371-TIPS.

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