"It appears to be a homicide due to the obvious signs of trauma to his upper body," said police spokesman Officer Doug Morse. "The fire appears to have been set to cover up the homicide."
Sacramento police were called to the scene of the fire Friday morning at about 10 a.m. in the 3700 block of Norwood Avenue after firefighters discovered Kendrick's body inside an apartment that had been engulfed in flames.
The fire began in one unit of a four-unit, single-story apartment house. The fire destroyed the unit where Kendrick was found and killed two dogs inside the apartment. Three adjacent apartments were not inhabitable, police said. No other residents were injured.
A vehicle, an older model white Honda Civic with no hubcaps, was seen leaving the area. The driver, a man in his 20s, may have some connection to the fire, police said.
Morse said anyone with information is asked to call Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP.
PHOTO CREDIT: A fire chaplain accompanies a woman Friday morning near a burned apartment on Norwood Avenue where a man was found dead. JosÃ© Luis Villegas, Sacramento Bee.