Shea Stremcha identified as South Minneapolis murder victim

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The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office has identified Shea Stremcha as the victim of a homicide in South Minneapolis.

Stremcha, 25, was shot to death in his own home just after 3 a.m. Wednesday. It's unclear whether Stremcha was targeted or killed at random.

Police originally told KSTP that the murder looked like the aftermath of a burglary gone wrong, but released a statement yesterday to say investigators weren't sure.

"The Homicide Unit is pursuing various leads and all possible motives including an interrupted burglary," the statement said. "At this point in the investigation, it is too early to rule out all other possible motives."

The 911 call came from a person inside the home who said they had walked in on the scene and discovered Stremcha already dead. Sgt. Steve McCarty could not identify who made the 911 call, but said that person had not been ruled out as a suspect.

McCarty said police have no leads on the case to this point, and are taking any information at (612) 692-TIPS (8477).


Area of shooting: 2900 block of 45th Ave. S.



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Previous 2011 Minneapolis Homicides:

Krissy Bates, 45, was strangled, stabbed, and beaten to death on January 11 in her apartment at 1302 Linden Ave. Arnold Darwin Waukazo, her boyfriend, has been charged with murdering Bates, who was transgender.

Stanley Curtis Rogers, 58, was shot dead on the night of January 21 in what police describe as a robbery gone bad in an alley behind 3656 Clinton Ave. S. Ladell James Antone Johnson, 18, has been charged with his murder.

Jeremee Jon Kraskey, 32, died of multiple gunshot wounds early Saturday morning, February 26. Police found his body in the back yard of a home at 3520 14th Ave. S. near Powderhorn Park.

Stephanie Smith, 21, was shot and killed the night of March 28 as she was riding in a car on Park Avenue South with another man. Someone opened fire from another vehicle, and then sped away. There have been no arrests yet in the case.

Benjamin Van Handel, 23, a U of M student out late with friends in Dinkytown, was intentionally run over early in the morning on April 15. He died of his injuries April 21. Timothy Ayman Bakdash, 29, is charged with his murder.

Tomika Swoope, 19, was shot on April 25 in a suspected drive-by on Columbus Avenue South, near her home. Witnesses think she was mistaken for being a gang member. She died April 28 at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Keontrell Govan, 18, died the day after he was found shot in the alley behind the Church of St. Bridget in north Minneapolis on May 4. Ishmael Rashad Moore and Dashaunta D'Mar Gomez, both 17, have been charged with second degree murder in the case.

Kristopher Miller, 27, a popular staffer at North High School, was found shot dead in front of his home on May 11. Derrick Griffin, an associate pastor at the North Side's True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, has been charged with the murder

Edward Trondell Baker, 24, was shot early in the morning on May 24 in the 5700 block of Sander Avenue, just a few blocks north of Highway 62 and the perimeter of Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport. He died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Guled Hashi Mohamed, 25, was shot late the night of May 29 while sitting in his car outside a restaurant on Nicollet Avenue South at Groveland Avenue. He died two days later. Biyamin Beiti Omar, 28 has been charged with his murder.

Dean Schmitz, 47, was stabbed to death early in the morning of June 5 near the intersection of 29th Street East and 27th Avenue South. Chrishaun Reed McDonald, 23, has been charged with second-degree murder in the case.

David Raisch-Day, 18, a teen from Cass Lake, died the night of July 7 when he took a bullet to the head in the 2700 block of Longfellow Avenue South.

Darrell Fisher, 22, died June 13 after he was shot on Humboldt Avenue and found dead in a nearby alley. Christopher Tarrell Clark has been charged with his murder.

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