Murder by Numbers

2006 Murders

1. Janaya Nicole Allen (age 20) January 22; Penn and 14th Aves. N.
The St. Paul resident worked with disabled students as a teacher’s aid in Roseville. She was shot by her estranged boyfriend, Andre T. Johnson. Witnesses described seeing Allen often with a bloody nose and black eyes. The two were spotted together at a bar hours before Allen was shot.
Case Status: Johnson, 20, pled guilty to second-degree intentional murder and was sentenced to more than thirty-six years in jail, a longer sentence than guidelines require because he violated a Ramsey County no-contact order.

2. Jesse James Maynor (17) January 23, 6:00 p.m.; 3400 block of Girard Ave. N.
The North High student became the first of twelve teenagers murdered in Minneapolis last year. He was walking down the street when someone got out of a car and shot him.
Case Status: Under investigation

3. Victor Karpeh Garma (26) January 23, 7:30 p.m.; 4200 block of Pillsbury Ave. S.
Police say Garma, who was known to deal drugs, was stabbed when he and his girlfriend interrupted a burglary at his home.
Case Status: Reco Thomas, 20, and Clarence Medin, 18, were charged in the killing. Thomas admitted to stealing marijuana, money, and other goods from the home. He pled guilty to aiding and abetting second-degree murder and received a fifteen-year sentence. Medin is awaiting trial.

4. Thomas Lawrence Reyna (21) January 29, 5:00 a.m.; 1700 block of Fillmore St. N.E.
Reyna was stabbed in his home. His body was found in Mille Lacs County, about sixty miles northwest of
Minneapolis.
Case Status: Emilio E. Marrufo, 30, pled guilty to second-degree intentional murder and was sentenced to more than twenty-three years in prison.

5. Shedrick Jovon Turner (26) February 10, 1:40 p.m.; West Broadway and Bryant Aves. N.
Turner had exited the Digital City store after an argument earlier that day, and when he later returned another disagreement ensued. Security cameras captured an exchange among persons inside that led to one man following Turner outside and shooting him. “There’s no reaction here on Broadway,” a witness said. “It’s like that every day.”
Case Status: David I. Grady, 26, and Marcus Ross, 25, have been convicted as accomplices. David W. Allen, 32, was found guilty of illegal possession of a firearm. Grady has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison and Allen to five. Ross awaits sentencing. Police have not identified the shooter.

6. Tyhran Eugene Wallace (20) February 23; 3000 block of 4th St. N.
Police found the New Hope resident dead in the backyard of an abandoned house. He had been shot in the head.
Case Status: Police charged Lawrence A. Leslie, who was 16 at the time of the shooting. Leslie is reported to have called Wallace a “snitch” just prior to shooting him.

7. Michael Anthony Bluntson Jr. (15) February 24; 25th Ave. N. and 6th St. N.
Bluntson was shot in the face shortly after getting into an argument at a nearby store. According to a newspaper report, he had attended Edison High “but found school boring.”
Case Status: Prentis C. Jackson, 18, has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for first-degree murder. Brooklyn Park resident Lemuel J. Radcliffe, 18, was charged with aiding Jackson’s getaway.

8. Thyrone Carr (42) March 1; 32nd and Emerson Aves. N.
Carr was shot and dumped out of a car.
Case Status: Jemichael McCoy, 26, and Porter Webb, 20, of Minneapolis, have been charged with second-degree murder. The incident happened after an argument about who was going to sit in the front seat of a car.

9. Melvin David Paul Jr. (28) March 9; Broadway and Dupont Aves. N.
Paul was shot while riding in a car that eventually crashed, bullet-ridden, in a parking lot. He had reportedly relocated to Minneapolis with three children after surviving Hurricane Katrina. Said Minneapolis City Council Member Don Samuels: “There has to be outrage.”
Case Status: Andrew L. Barnes, 20, faces second-degree murder charges for shooting Paul to avenge a robbery he believes was committed by Paul’s brother.

10. Michael James Eide (26) March 12, midnight; 29th and Morgan Aves. N.
Eide was shot while on his way to visit a friend.
Case Status: Under investigation

11. Victor Meza-Ortiz (27) March 13; 3700 block of Nicollet Ave. S.
Ortiz was resisting a robbery at his home, where police say prostitution took place, when he was shot. He died in the car as friends drove him to the hospital.
Case Status: Felipe Vega-Lara and Angel Morales, both 17, were charged with first-degree murder.

12. Michael Alexander Zebuhr (25) March 18, 10:00 p.m.; 31st St. W. and Girard Ave. S.
A graduate student who was visiting his family in Minneapolis, Zebuhr was shot during a robbery.
Case Status: Cousins Donte L. Jacobs and Billy Ray Johnson, both eighteen-year-old Minneapolis residents, have been accused of killing Zebuhr and are awaiting trial. Lasonya Denise Miles (age unknown) and Derrick Lamon Johnson, 34, have both pled guilty as accomplices.

13. Ethan D. Hamilton (3) location withheld by police;
March 27 The Star Tribune reported the city’s thirteenth homicide victim was three-year-old Ethan D. Hamilton. According to the criminal complaint, Aaron B. Carson, the babysitter, shook the boy so badly that he died five days later of brain trauma. Weapon listed: “hands.”
Case Status: Police say Carson, 22, got angry at his girlfriend’s disabled son and “just lost it.” He has been charged with second-degree murder. The Strib quoted his landlord as saying, “This is an absolute shock to me. He seemed like just a terrific guy.”

14. Alan David Reitter (31) April 1, 10:00 p.m.; 6th Street S. and Hennepin Ave.
Reitter, of Minnetonka, was shot in what the press dubbed “The Block E Shooting.”
Case Status: Derick Holliday, 21, who had been in AmeriCorps, helped build a house for a homeless family, and worked at the Y, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. He killed Reitter while shooting at a man with whom he had argued at a Block E movie theater. Columnist Nick Coleman quoted Holliday’s mother after the verdict: “I might as well stop living. They gave him life for political reasons! My son is not a menace! His life is over! This is racial and political! Oh, Jesus! I’m sorry what happened to Mr. Reitter, but they didn’t give my baby a chance!”

15. Roger Dean Dorma (58) April 4; 2025 East River Rd. N.E.
Dean was Minneapolis’ oldest homicide victim of 2006. He died April 4 of “blunt force head trauma.” He appears to be the only victim who was not even mentioned in the Star Tribune.
Case Status: The police filed charges, but the Hennepin County attorney’s office declined to prosecute.

16. Garey Anthony Hannah (28) April 8; 25th St. and Bloomington Ave. S.
Hannah, reportedly a small-time drug dealer and registered sex offender, was shot on a sidewalk during a robbery attempt. Cards for Hannah’s business “Felonious Entertainment” were found in his pockets, along with a small amount of marijuana.
Case Status: Coon Rapids resident Myron L. Benais, 28, was found guilty of second-degree murder while committing a felony and sentenced to more than twelve years behind bars.

17. Tina Lavette Bryant (27) April 16; 36th and Girard Aves. N.
Bryant was sitting in a parked car with two men when someone approached and fired into the car. A confidential informant told police the shooter, Leon N. Austin, 20, was involved in an ongoing dispute with Bryant over drug territory. Her companions were not hit.
Case Status: Austin pled guilty to second-degree murder.

18. Clarence David Meat, Jr. (24) May 3; 2000 block of 34th St. E.
Meat, who grew up on the Leech Lake Indian reservation and was taking the spring semester off from Harvard University, was shot after spraying graffiti on a duplex.
Case Status: Alejandro Luna, 17, who police say is “associated” with the Sureno gang, was charged with second-degree murder.

19. Christopher Randy Lynch (19) May 3; 600 block of Thomas Ave. N.
Lynch and his cousin Jermaine Mack-Lynch (who is affiliated with the Tre Tre Crips gang and accused of murdering Toua Xiong) were walking down the street when they saw a car containing three people believed to be members of the 19 Block Dipsets, a rival gang. Two people emerged from the car and pursued Lynch on foot, while the driver followed Mack-Lynch. Witnesses report seeing Lynch, who was not gang affiliated, confronted by two assailants with his hands in the air to indicate that he was unarmed. He was shot more than ten times execution style.
Case Status: Jonard B. McDaniel, 20, of Brooklyn Park, was convicted of aiding and abetting first-degree murder and committing a crime to benefit a gang. Two co-defendants, Cornelius H. Jackson, 20, and Lamonte R. Martin, 18, are pending trial for first-degree murder.

20. Erman Zelafonte Edmonds (45) May 6, 6:30 a.m.; 3700 block of Columbus Ave. S.
A pedestrian found the body of Edmonds in front of a home. Police think he was shot near 38th and Chicago.
Case Status: Under investigation

21. Darrion McClinton (21) May 20; 26 St. and Cedar Ave. S.
The Brooklyn Park resident was shot in an alley while sitting in a car.
Case Status: Under investigation

22. Don Evans (42) May 25, 4:00 p.m.; 3000 block of Oliver Ave. N.
Evans returned home from work, began complaining about his life, and when his wife left the room he followed her, beat her, chased her out of the house, threw objects at her and threatened her with a knife. A family friend, Sennai Johnson Nerayo, stepped in and fought with Evans before shooting him fatally in the leg and abdomen.
Case Status: Sennai Johnson Nerayo, 20, pled guilty to second-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to four years in prison.

23. James Clifford Roberts (44) June 2; 2nd Street N. and West Broadway
The Minneapolis resident was shot while sitting in a car near a bar, which had just closed. A man who was with Roberts was also shot but survived.
Case Status: Deaunteze Bobo, 19, was charged with first-degree murder for driving the SUV from which a companion shot and killed Roberts. According to Bobo, he and his companion had previously gotten into an argument with Roberts. It appears the gunman has yet to be charged.

24. Mandel Leguy Roy (30) June 7, 2:00 a.m.; Lake Street and 21st Ave. S.
Roy’s girlfriend told police he was in a heated discussion at a friend’s house with a man known as “Rich.” As they were leaving the house, Rich shot Roy several times. Doctors at Hennepin County Medical Center were unable to save him.
Case Status: Richard J. Patterson, 24, and Antonio I. Williams, 20, have been charged with first-degree murder.

25. Theresa Marie Keavy (52) June 13; 26th St. and 26th Ave. S.
Keavy died fourteen years after being assaulted outside a bar. When the medical examiner ruled she died as a result of injuries sustained during the crime, her death was classified as a homicide.
Case Status: Police are investigating, though the chances of solving this crime so long after the attack are slim.

26. Levon Deshun Carothers (26) June 15; 35th and Penn Aves. N.
A resident of Brooklyn Center, Carothers was shot while sitting in a car. A man who was with Carothers was treated for gunshot wounds at North Memorial and survived.
Case Status: Under investigation

27. Brian Taveris Cole (18) June 17; 8th and Oliver Aves. N.
Cole, who played basketball at North High and had been recruited by colleges, was shot in the arm and neck during the city’s Juneteenth Festival celebrating the end of slavery. The shots were fired from a car. The Strib put Doug Grow’s column about Cole on the front page. “We think he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” a police officer said. “In this case,” Grow wrote, “the wrong place meant being a block from home.”
Case Status: An arrest was made in July but no charges were filed.

28. Timeka Lashae Vaughn (28) June 20, midnight; 2700 block of Penn Ave. N.
The St. Louis Park mother of four was shot while sitting in a car. Police think she had just dropped off a friend.
Case Status: Under investigation

29. Anthony Manuel Baca (24) June 21, 7:00 p.m.; 38th St. E. and 22nd Ave. S.
Baca was driving when someone in another car shot him.
Case Status: Under investigation

30. Kenneth Laurance O’Brien (37) June 23; Aldrich and 31st Ave. N.
O’Brien, a Hastings resident, was shot during a drug deal. According to the criminal complaint, O’Brien grabbed the crack from his dealer, stuffed it in his mouth, and tried to drive away without paying. Court documents say a plastic baggie of crack was found in his mouth.
Case Status: The dealer, Charles C. Epps, a twenty-nine-year-old of Maple Grove, has been charged with second-degree murder. The criminal complaint reports that Epps is a member of Chicago’s G.D. Mob gang.

31. Paris Partee Furcron (29) June 24; 3300 block of 5th Ave. S.
The Burnsville resident was shot in a house where, police say, Furcron had taken the two suspects to buy marijuana.
Case Status: Alonzo J. Graham, 19, and Durell D. Bobo, 18, pled guilty to aiding and abetting second-degree intentional murder and attempted aggravated robbery in the first degree. Bobo’s sentence is pending. Graham’s pleas were withdrawn. He will face a jury trial in April.

32. Mark Joseph Timot Shields (25) June 30; 3800 block of Bryant Ave. N.
Timot was stabbed in the neck outside a home after getting into an argument with another man. He was the tenth homicide victim to die in June, making it the city’s deadliest month.
Case Status: Police charged thirty-year-old John B. Lee, of Minneapolis, with second-degree intentional murder.

33. Michael Diontry Coleman (4 months) July 3; 2500 block of Pleasant Ave. S.
Minneapolis’ youngest homicide victim was suffocated at home.
Case Status: The infant’s father, Paul U. T. Coleman, 21, was charged with first- and second-degree manslaughter. Child protection officials had previously removed Coleman’s older children from the home.

34. Joseph Stanley Rogers (21) July 4; 35th St. and Chicago Ave. S.
Rogers was shot and died inside a convenience store.
Case Status: Police arrested and charged twenty-year-old Preston D. Bobo with second-degree murder and committing a crime for the benefit of a gang, allegedly the Rolling 30s Bloods. Bobo pled guilty to second-degree murder in January.

35. Marcus Darrell White (19) July 13, 5:00 p.m.; Broadway and Dupont Aves. N.
White became the fourth person shot near this busy section of Broadway, which city leaders have vowed for years to revitalize. Police say an argument led to the shooting.
Case Status: James A. Banks, 20, was charged with second-degree murder, second-degree assault, and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance.

36. Valentine Durray Riley (29) July 22; 3500 block of Newton Ave. N.
Riley, who had reportedly changed his name to Pestelence V.D. El- Shabazz, was shot through a window of his home. His fiancée was also shot but survived. Five children, ages 5 to 13, were home at the time.
Case Status: Under investigation

37. Lee Fong (19) July 22, 7:00 p.m.; 4th St. N. and 34th Ave. N.
The first of three people shot and killed by Minneapolis police in 2006. According to the police, officers observed Fong participate in what looked like a drug transaction. Officers chased Fong, who appeared to have a gun, to Cityview School, where he was shot. Police say they found a loaded semiautomatic handgun at the scene.
Case Status: Under investigation

38. Sterling Dwight Horton (17) July 25, midnight; 1400 block of Irving Ave. N.
Police found Horton two blocks from home. His obituary stated that he was preceded in death by his grandparents, his father, two sisters, and a brother, leaving behind his mother and one brother.
Case Status: Under investigation

39. Styles Peterson Moore (30) July 25, 3:00 a.m.; West Broadway and I-94
Styles, who had no permanent address, was shot and found at a McDonald’s drive-through. It was the fifth shooting of the year on that stretch of Broadway.
Case Status: Under investigation

40. Isalena Bernice Jones (22) July 29, 4:00 a.m.; 2100 block of Lyndale Ave. N.
Jones was shot. Another woman was shot in the chest but survived after being treated at HCMC.

Case Status: Under investigation

41. Toua Xiong (20) August 6; 2900 block of Colfax Ave. N.
Xiong, a graduate of North High, was delivering forty-five dollars’ worth of pizza to a home where he was shot.
Case Status: Police charged twenty-one-year-old Jermaine Mack-Lynch, of Minneapolis, with first-degree intentional murder. According to police he is part of the Tre Tre Crips gang.

42. Jose Guillermo Aguilar-Perez (32) August 8, 2:00 a.m.; 2500 block of Nicollet Ave. S.
Auguilar-Perez was shot in the back of the head after an argument.
Case Status: Police arrested St. Paul resident Fred S. Jones, 30, and he pled guilty to second-degree unintentional murder and was sentenced to more than sixteen years in prison. He was allegedly buying drugs from Perez.

43. Martell Joseph Dionte Delaney (20) August 20, noon; 1700 block of Fremont Ave. N.
According to police, Delaney was stabbed after a dispute with his girlfriend, who says he pushed her and threw an iron at her.
Case Status: Sincerae S. Douglas, 21, was charged with first-degree murder.

44. Malaya Douglas (2) August 27; Northeast Minneapolis
The Star Tribune reported that two-year-old Malaya Douglas fell down the stairs of her Northeast Minneapolis home. She had reportedly been in foster care and was living with her father and stepmother at the time of her death.
Case Status: Under investigation

46. Courtney Brown (15) September 2; 3800 block of Lyndale Ave. N.
Brown was shot in the heart. The shooter allegedly wanted his shoes and basketball jersey. The Star Tribune quoted one woman who lives near where Brown was killed: “I don’t drink, but I am today. I’m scared to death. I’m petrified. I don’t feel safe. We need more cops on the streets.”
Case Status: Police arrested Darryl D. Johnson Jr., 17, of Minneapolis. He is in jail awaiting trial on first degree murder charges. Police also arrested several alleged accomplices, including a thirteen-year-old boy.

47. Irene Monique Burks (22) September 12; 2500 block of 12th Ave. S.
Burks was shot outside a home by someone who got out of a car. She was with a seven-year-old girl.
Case Status: Under investigation

48. Dominic Aries Felder (27) September 20; 40th St. and Bloomington Ave. S.
The second police shooting of the year. According to news reports, police were responding to a 911 report of a violent domestic incident when Felder resisted arrest and “one of the officers’ guns allegedly became part of the struggle.” Felder had two children.
Case Status: A grand jury has cleared the two officers, Jason King and Lawrence Loonsfoot.

49. Marcus Anthony Black (36) September 29, 2:00 a.m.; 1500 block of Queen Ave. N.
Black was stabbed in the heart after getting into an argument with his girlfriend over the key to their car.
Case Status: Melissa J. Jones, 36, was arrested after being found by police kneeling over Black’s body in the street. She was charged with second-degree murder. Police say she told them she had been drinking and using drugs.

50. Gennaro Knox (16) October 5; 2300 block of Elliot Ave. S.
Knox, a South High student, was killed in a drive-by shooting. The shooters mistook him for an associate of a rival gang. After a known Bloods gang member was shot around 9:50 p.m., other Bloods allegedly started looking for the shooter. Two Bogus Boys gang members were shot at near 28th and Nicollet, and identified the shooters as Bloods gang members. Minutes later, around 10:30 p.m., Knox was shot near the house of a known Tens gang member. Knox was not affiliated with a gang. Two other teenagers were shot on the same block eleven days later, but survived.
Case Status: James E. Morris and Jeremy Jackson, both 20 and members of the Bloods gang, have been charged with second-degree murder for the benefit of a gang.

51. Trevor Robert Marsh (17) October 26; Mississippi River near Lake Street
Marsh became the second South High student in a three-week period to die violently. His body was found near the Mississippi River two blocks south of the Lake Street Bridge.
Case Status: Raine C. Neiss, 16, was charged as an accomplice after the fact and with committing a crime for the benefit of a gang. Tia M. Dropick, 18,and George M. Boleo were also charged as accomplices. An unidentified sixteen-year-old male has been charged with murder in the second degree and crime for the benefit of a gang. A fifteen-year-old male has been arrested for involvement with the shooting.

52. Wayne Reyes (42) October 28; Hiawatha Ave. and 42nd St.
Reyes was the third person shot by Minneapolis police last year. According to police, he had stabbed his girlfriend and a friend, and then fled in a pickup. Officers pulled him over and shot him when he brandished a sawed-off shotgun.
Case Status: Under investigation

53. Damon Lavelle Smith (22) November 5; 2000 block of 3rd Ave. S.
Smith was stabbed to death on his birthday at the apartment he shared with his girlfriend.
Case Status: Police charged Smith’s nineteen-year-old girlfriend, Delisle Navant-Ware, with second-degree murder. She told police that she and Smith had been arguing.

54. Tou Vue (18) November 9; Plymouth and Sheridan Aves. N.
The Minneapolis resident was shot while riding in a car.
Case Status: Under investigation

55. Yvonne Rita Martin (47) November 14; 800 block of Sheridan Ave. N.
Martin, known as Tootsie, died of “trauma” at her home. According to a WCCO report, just a few days earlier she had driven a bus for church leaders touring the North Side.
Case Status: Under investigation

56. Jason L. Hatcher (24) November 17, 2:30 a.m.; 2800 block of Marshall Ave. N.E.
Hatcher was shot while riding in a car. Police say the shooting was gang related. Two other passengers were shot—one in the eye—and survived after being treated at HCMC.
Case Status: Police charged Taporius Paige, 24, of St. Paul with second-degree murder. Michael B. Bynum, 25, was charged with felony accomplice after the fact (six hours prior to the gunfight that killed Hatcher, Bynum shot at Hatcher in a convenience-store parking lot). A third man, Angelo N. Lee, 27, has been charged with second-degree murder and drive-by shooting.

57. Anthony Hinton (40) November 18, 2:30 a.m.; 1400 block of 19th St. E.
Hinton was shot in the chest during an apparent robbery at his duplex.
Case Status: Under investigation

58. Graeme Grothe (27) November 18; 1900 block of 3rd Ave. S.
Grothe was found dead in his apartment. His death had originally been classified as an overdose, but the medical examiner later determined that blunt force head trauma contributed to his death.
Case Status: Under investigation

59. Sohail Azizi (17) November 22, 2:30 p.m.; Polk Street and 23rd Ave. N.E.
Azizi was the twelfth Minneapolis teenager to die violently in 2006. He was shot while sitting with a companion in a car. The companion was also shot but survived. According to the criminal complaint, one shooter said Azizi “was always arguing with him.” Police think drugs were involved. The victim’s brother attests that Azizi’s death had nothing to do with drugs, that the worst he had ever done was smoke cigarettes.
Case Status: Police have charged three men with first-degree murder: Victor D. Cole, 26, who is homeless; Wayne C. Armstrong-Morrow, 20, no permanent address; and Marcus C. Gamble, 24, of St. Paul.

60. Linda J. Aubuchon (44) December 5; Spruce Place near Loring Park
Police found her at her apartment. She died of multiple sharp-force injuries and had been dead several days before neighbors noticed an odor coming from the apartment.
Case Status: Under investigation

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