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Oct 31st

Community grieves over senseless violence, death

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Three men will likely face first degree murder charges when they appear in Hennepin County District Court today charged with the November 22 shooting death of 11-year-old Tyesha Edwards. Three men will likely face first degree murder charges when they appear in Hennepin County District Court today charged with the November 22 shooting death of 11-year-old Tyesha Edwards.

The middle school student died of a gunshot wound to her chest as she sat at her dining room table in her home in the 3400 block of Chicago Av. S., Minneapolis.

Edwards sat with her eight-year-old sister beside her, doing homework and using the computer when a deadly stray bullet pierced the duplex walls and killed her. The two girls were home alone. Their mother Linda Longino and stepfather Leonard Winborn were at work.

The child attended Banneker Middle School where she was a studious, respectful, and well-liked.. She loved math. She was a co-captain of the school’s cheerleading team.

Last week Minneapolis Police arrested Isaiah D. Tyson, 21, Hans S. Williams, 23, and Myon D. Burrell, 17, in connection with the shooting. Hennepin County set bail at $1 million each.

Police identified Burrell as the shooter. They say Burrell fired several shots at a man on the sidewalk in front of Edwards’ house. Burrell shot from across the street as he was running between a house and a building. Police identified the intended victim as a member of a rival gang.

Minneapolis Police Chief Robert Olson and County Attorney Amy Klobuchar told news reporters people should call police if they had any contact with the defendants in the past week. They said calls from community people helped identify and locate the alleged shooter. Anybody with additional information is encouraged to call police, officers said.

Both anger and lack of fear of gang retaliation seemed at an unprecedented high. Many outraged neighbors and citizens came forward with information and encouraged others to do the same. Community members praised aggressive and effective police work for the quick arrests of suspects.

According to the Rev. Randolph Staten, who officiated the overflow funeral at Park Avenue Methodist Church, Saturday, this time, the community condemns, without hesitation, without reservation, the violence based, crime based lifestyles and networks –often referred to as gangs – that brought the ultimate terror and grief to this child, this family, and to our community.
 

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