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Cyanide in Denver

How quickly a story changes . . .

Earlier today, this is how the media was reporting the death of a Somali-born Canadian in Denver:

OTTAWA – Denver police confirmed Wednesday that the white powder found in the hotel room of a dead Ottawa man was sodium cyanide.
Saleman Abdirahman Dirie, 29, a member of Ottawa’s Somali community, had been dead for several days when his body was discovered in the fourth-floor room of the Burnsley Hotel in downtown Denver on Monday.
Near Mr. Dirie’s body was a container with a white powdery substance.
Denver police spokesman John White said Wednesday tests have confirmed that the substance is sodium cyanide, a potentially dangerous chemical.

A container. Like that vial everyone used in 10th grade chemistry. And if you thought this, like me, how wrong you were. Here’s the latest:

About a pound of highly toxic sodium cyanide was found in a hotel room where a man’s body was discovered, authorities said Wednesday.
The Denver medical examiner was still awaiting test results to determine what killed Saleman Abdirahman Dirie, 29, of Ottawa. Police said they do not suspect foul play, and the FBI said there was no apparent connection to terrorism.


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