Fifth homicide in less than two weeks rattles Minneapolis

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Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was rightfully proud of his city's cops for helping knock 2009's homicide count -- 19 -- to its lowest number in years. This year, the mayor, the police, civic leaders and residents are all faced with a new, and more sobering number: Five homicides in the first eight days of the new year.

Police responding to a call of shots fired just after 11 p.m. on Friday found Walter Lee Dolley Jr., 19, dead on the sidewalk in the 3400 block of Chicago Avenue South. Witnesses told the Star-Tribune he was walking home from a store with friends. More from the Star Tribune.

As balloons tied to Dolley's makeshift memorial whipped in the wind, his grieving aunts, Wanda McCalpin and Angela Dolley, said their nephew was a solid student at Edina High School, and that he wanted to be a doctor. Citing his love for children and the hours he spent working at a day care, Angela Dolley said he would have made a fine pediatrician.

Two teenagers were placed under arrest in Wednesday's triple homicide at the Seward Market and Halal Meats, on the corner of E. Franklin and 25th avenues.

Last Thursday, Javaris Eugene Milton was arrested in connection with the murder of Dontae D. Johnson on Jan. 2.


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