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Tragedy reared its ugly head once again when in the Camden neighborhood of North Minneapolis Martin Pliego Ruiz, a Hispanic male, was shot and killed less than a block away from his residence on May 27, 2005. Tragedy reared its ugly head once again when in the Camden neighborhood of North Minneapolis Martin Pliego Ruiz, a Hispanic male, was shot and killed less than a block away from his residence on May 27, 2005.

The victim and his wife had just gotten of a No. 5 bus after leaving a hard day’s work at the McDonald’s on W. Broadway Avenue and were walking by 39th and Dupont Avenues N. when what police believe to be a robbery took the life of Ruiz around 10:50 p.m.

“This was an innocent victim killed in cold blood in front of his wife,” Minneapolis Police Chief Bill McManus told Star Tribune.

There have been no arrests in this case, but according to McManus, Police have “significant leads” and have developed “persons of interest” in connection with the homicide. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office (HCME) and the Minneapolis Police Department continue to investigate.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office concluded that the manner of death is homicide due to a result of a gunshot wound to the head and neck. They later identified the victim as Martin Ruiz a 45 year old Hispanic man.

Tim Baylor, owner of McDonald’s, confirmed that Ruiz had worked there for two years and his wife for three.

“It’s a tragic situation,” he said. “They were good people. Your heart goes out to people like that.”

The victim and his wife have four children and were saving to move back to Morelos, Mexico where he was originally from.

Capt. Rich Stanek said that the motive was robbery and that the suspects got away with “personal belongings.”

The number of homicides in Minneapolis has slightly risen this year from last year—from 43 to 46. Crime-fighting officials believe the increase is due to a resurgence of gang-activity and drug-related deaths.

Anyone with information about the shooting can call the Minneapolis Police Department at (612) 673-2941

June 28, 2005
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