North Minneapolis homicides: Two unsolved murders within week, one claims father of nine

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The Minneapolis skyline as seen from the North Side.
Last month, City Council President Barb Johnson, who represents a good chunk of north Minneapolis, unloaded on her colleagues and city staff for spending their time on things like studies about racial inequalities instead of public safety issues, especially in her part of the city.

The pertinence of Johnson's remarks tragically made itself evident once again in recent days, as the city's 13th and 14th homicides of the year took place in north Minneapolis on Saturday and Monday. Both cases remain unsolved, though Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder tells us investigators have leads and are "actively pursuing the investigation."

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Around 1 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to a report of shots fired on the 4900 block of Camden Avenue North. Upon arrival they found an adult male who had been shot. He was transported to North Memorial Medical Center, where he died later in the day. (The victim's identity hasn't been released as this is written.)

Then, around 10:45 p.m. Monday, 37-year-old married father of nine Steve Martin was shot in the neck on the 3300 block of Penn Avenue North while he tried to break up a street fight. He died at North Memorial early Tuesday.

Tyrone Hutchins, Martin's boss at the construction company he worked at, told the Star Tribune he "can't believe it."

"Dedicated, a good father, a hard worker, funny. Nice to everybody," Hutchins said. "He was always a person that would calm situations down."

Elder tells us "there are no links between the two [incidents], I can tell you that."

While the north Minneapolis murders highlight Council President Johnson's concerns about public safety in the area, the city as a whole is on pace to experience a decline in the number of murders for the second straight year. There were 36 murders in the city last year, which was down from 40 in 2012.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.



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26 comments
Sara Winsett
Sara Winsett

My heart goes out to the family that lost their loving father.

Robert Rollins
Robert Rollins

Oh, well let me rephrase and provide clarity...still a bunch of senseless savage murders in this town.

Kimberly Erin
Kimberly Erin

There's a HUGE difference between North Minneapolis and the rest of Minneapolis, which you'll have in any major metropolitan city. Unfortunately, stories like this go with the territory. I'd take a metro area over the sticks any day though. Culture, music, art, incredible restaurants, architecture, unique and interesting people, and just the vibrant heartbeat of life being lived and enjoyed. I'm a city girl at heart; always have been and always will be

Matt Baranuk
Matt Baranuk

Ahh good ole Minneapolis...so much safer than western Wisconsin

Monica Bertrand
Monica Bertrand

This shit will continue to happen as long as individuals continue to accept and thereby cultivate, a culture of death instead of a culture of life...the lack of value for life itself, especially among young people is astounding, really.

Kimberly Erin
Kimberly Erin

He was a married construction worker and a peacemaker who just happened to have nine kids. Sad

Stephen Biondo
Stephen Biondo

I'm sure there are no "savages" up there in Forest Lake, huh?

Andrew Hine
Andrew Hine

So sad. But the number of children he has is irrelevant. If he'd had 3, would it be 1/3 as tragic? That's the implication.

Chad Howard
Chad Howard

Its really sad how crappy the northside is.....their violence especially shootings like this cause a drain on services for the rest of the city for hours

Rickardo Ehman
Rickardo Ehman

Father of 9?? Hopefully all of his children get the love and support they need to grow up.

Frank
Frank

Thank goodness Chief Harteau has her priorities straight--with high visibility, carbon neutral patrols downtown for the All Star game rather than in the north side where people are, you know, getting killed.

Waterstyle Sixonetwo
Waterstyle Sixonetwo

It may be just another day for you Jase Roe, because you don't live there. Don't dismiss this tragedy because it's in not your neighborhood. People's lives were lost. Don't be a douche.

Reed Osell
Reed Osell

This sucks. On the bright side, homicides have dropped almost 50% nation wide from 1993. Hopefully the downward trend continues

Jase Roe
Jase Roe

Who cares its north mpls...just another day...

Harold Torres
Harold Torres

These things happen all too often in major cities, but the powers that be don't cry out for gun control until it happens at a suburban school. Then it's a "tragedy". Privileged bullshit.

_Joe_
_Joe_

^^^ Missing the point.

Arkadi
Arkadi

Not a competition, yo.

NoMoreGasthof
NoMoreGasthof

i stopped laughing just long enough to comment...want to go do some research on where the rest of the services (like plowing) go to before you make idiotic comments?

NoMoreGasthof
NoMoreGasthof

karma will bite you in the ass if that's your attitude

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

funny that an obviously gay man is so stupid and callow

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