DEKALB (CBS) — Police and the DeKalb County Coroner have launched an investigation into the death of a 25-year-old Northern Illinois University student whose charred body was found on campus earlier this week.
Hasan Gill’s uncle, Dr. Mohammed Arain, said his nephew was found dead in some bushes Tuesday morning in the 800 block of North 1st Street in DeKalb, and Gill had burns covering his entire body.
The university has said police do not believe there was foul play, and Gill’s death likely was a suicide; but Arain said the family believes Gill might have taken drugs, or been drugged, and had a bad reaction, and someone then set him on fire to cover it up.
Arain said a container that had held flammable liquid was found nearby.
“We are convinced that that body was dumped there, and this burn scenario is just a cover-up,” he said.