14-year-old Minnesota boy killed at graduation party with brother after being shot in the back

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A 14-year-old boy was fatally shot in the back in a “cowardly” assault while trying to leave a graduation party with his older brother in Minnesota.

Demaris Nathan Hobbs-Ekdahl, who had just completed his freshman year, was hit Saturday night by bullets fired by suspects who fled the scene in two SUVs in Woodbury.

The teen had been at the party with his brother Davion, 16, when three men allegedly threatened Davion with a gun.

But when the siblings tried to leave the party in their car, Demaris was shot in the back by the suspects.

“If you can shoot a 14-year-old boy driving off in the back, you’re a coward,” his uncle Bob Humphries told the newspaper. Star Stand.

Demaris Nathan Hobbs-Ekdahl, who had just finished his freshman year, was hit Saturday night by bullets fired by suspects who fled the scene in two SUVs in Woodbury.

Demaris Nathan Hobbs-Ekdahl, who had just finished his freshman year, was hit Saturday night by bullets fired by suspects who fled the scene in two SUVs in Woodbury.

Demaris had called his mother Trisha Ekdahl to tell her he was scared and wanted to leave the party after the suspects pulled a gun on Davion.

“He left the scene and they shot up the car and he said to his older brother, ‘I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe,'” she said. Kare 11.

Relatives said his father took him to Regions Hospital, where he died of his injuries.

‘I don’t know what to do. I lost my baby,” Trisha said.

“They didn’t even let me say goodbye to him in the hospital. They took him straight to the morgue.”

Woodbury Police said they were called to the 6100 block of Edgewood Avenue after reports of people screaming, including someone saying, “Help me.”

The scene’s 911 calls were chaotic, with several people yelling that someone had been shot.

Demaris had called his mother Trisha Ekdahl to tell her he was scared and wanted to leave the party after the suspects pulled a gun on Davion.

Demaris had called his mother Trisha Ekdahl to tell her he was scared and wanted to leave the party after the suspects pulled a gun on Davion.

When officers arrived at 10:46 p.m. Saturday night, they found between 30 and 40 people at a graduation party. Witnesses told police that a white SUV was involved and fled the area, while a dark SUV or truck is believed to have also been involved.

Police believe the victim and his brother knew the suspects and that it was not a random attack.

Several houses were hit by gunfire, and all residents are believed to be unharmed, police said.

Demaris attended Tartan Senior High School in Oakdale and had just completed ninth grade earlier that week.

On Sunday, relatives of Demaris released blue balloons at Richard Walton Memorial Park in Oakdale to honor his memory.

‘He’s a good boy. He didn’t deserve it. He was not on the street. He wasn’t a gang member. He did nothing wrong. Nothing,” Trisha said.

“He’s such an innocent boy,” she added. “They killed my baby.”

On Sunday, relatives of Demaris released blue balloons at Richard Walton Memorial Park in Oakdale to honor his memory

On Sunday, relatives of Demaris released blue balloons at Richard Walton Memorial Park in Oakdale to honor his memory

Demaris Hobbs-Ekdahl's Tartan High School football teammates huddle together to support each other during a vigil in memory of Richard Walton Memorial Park in Oakdale on Sunday

Demaris Hobbs-Ekdahl’s Tartan High School football teammates huddle together to support each other during a vigil in memory of Richard Walton Memorial Park in Oakdale on Sunday

During the commemoration on Sunday evening, many spoke out against gun violence. Demaris’ grandmother said, “This has got to stop, put down your arms.”

His aunt Michelle Ekdahl has a GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral expenses.

In tribute to Demaris she wrote: ‘Yesterday a beautiful soul was taken, my cousin, he was 14 years old and full of life.

“He loved football and did mechanical work and watched his uncle race cars. He didn’t deserve to be caught like that.

“I ask everyone to pray for our family and please help my sister through the most difficult time of her life by burying one of her sons.”

Woodbury Police said in a statement on Sunday: “Last night’s shooting at Edgewood Av resulted in the tragic loss of a 14-year-old boy, and our hearts go out to his family.

“Detectives have worked tirelessly all night investigating the case and will continue to work on developing leads.”

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