One Year After Teen’s Death, Family Seeks Closure

By Rachel Slavik, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of a Twin Cities teenager.

Seventeen-year-old Alisha Neeley was hit by a stray bullet near 35th and Humboldt Avenues North in Minneapolis. Police haven’t found the person who pulled the trigger.

One year later and Albert Neeley’s pain seems to be as raw as the day he heard the news that his youngest daughter, Alisha, was the innocent victim of a shootout. She was gunned down while standing in a crowd of people outside a house party.

“It’s frustrating. It’s sad. What can I do,” said Albert Neeley, Alisha’s father.

On Sunday afternoon, he was able to share his grief with family and friends at a memorial dinner.

“I think it brought everybody together. That’s what’s important, support and just to remember her,” said Helena Neeley, the victim’s sister.

“To know there’s that that many people that I didn’t even know in my daughter’s life that love her that much, it’s really touching,” said Kathleen Neeley, the victim’s mother.

While their memories of Alisha may bond them, there are differences in how each family member will get closure.

“I’d like to see him do some time. I’d like this to be an example,” said Kathleen.

“I don’t want anyone to go to jail. I know, bold statement, right? Oh my gosh. I don’t think that’s justice. How is that justice for us? They lose someone and we lose someone,” said Helena.

So far, the family has not dealt with that divide. Police still have not made an arrest.

But on the one-year anniversary of her death, justice for Alisha wasn’t the focus. It was the life of a daughter, sister and friend.

“I do everything for the memory of my daughter,” said Kathleen.

Minneapolis Police say the case is still open and under investigation. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest. The number for Crime Stoppers is 1-800-222-8477.

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  • hoover

    Seriously? You’re making that kind of comment on this story? Did you really to make a comment like that when the story is about her sister being MURDERED!?!?! Have some class…….

  • Dane

    Yes I made the comment, but I feel it has everything to do with this tragic murder. I feel for the family and pray they get closure,and yet I do not understand why this is an excuse for another young woman to ruin her life and others. I have tried dozens of other ways to contact those involved with my issue and have been ignored. If you are on TV you will draw attention.

  • Sarah


    Please have a little class about yourself. That is what small claims court is for. This is not even close to the proper venue to vent that kind of material petty grievance. This story is about her sister and not an excuse for anything. For the sake of the people who loved and cherish Alisha’s memory please remove your posts. I’m appealing to you in a respectful way please now show the same respect and let her family grieve in peace.

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