Family Mourns Woman, 21, Killed In South Mpls. Shooting

By Reg Chapman, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — Family and friends are mourning the loss of a woman shot and killed in South Minneapolis Monday.

Many of the victim’s friends set up a memorial where 21-year-old Stephanie Smith and a 28-year-old man were shot while sitting inside a car.

Smith was a student at MCTC studying to be a psychologist. Her mother, Pam Smith, says Stephanie was not involved in any illegal activity.

“I’m just grateful that people have come out to show their love for Stephanie,” said Pam.

The incident occurred at the 3400 block of Park Avenue South. Neighbors called 911 after they heard gunshots and saw an SUV speed away.

Stephanie was pronounced dead at the ER. The man was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center to be treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

One witness said he believes he crossed paths with the people involved just moments before the shooting.

As he was walking toward his friend’s home, he said two men were walking toward an SUV with two people standing outside the vehicle. Seconds later, he heard gunshots.

“It could have been me that got shot last night if I had pulled up less than a minute later,” he said.

Police hope someone helps them find justice for Stephanie and all those who loved her.

“She was generous, warm, loving, funny and I just don’t know what I am going to do without her,” said Pam.

“She was at my house, she had just left,” said family friend Elvena Starks. “Somebody seen something. Don’t be afraid to tell, don’t be afraid to tell.”

Police haven’t said how many people they are looking for, only that they do not have anyone in custody. Stephanie is the fourth homicide of the year in Minneapolis.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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  • Melissa

    Hmmmm…..SHOOTINGS on the 25, 26, 27, 28, 29…….can we make it a couple more days?

    What do I pay taxes for?

    Where is our police force?

    Our local govt is making GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS easier to qualify for each year. Why is this… we can become a highly populated, heavy tourist city.

    Yes come one come all to the lovely city of Minneapolis. Where we pour all our money into our downtown and neglect the cities NORTH and SOUTH side.

    Dont forget to pack a nine and wear your bullet proof vest. Also, watch out for our lovely police force who steadily speeds through our neighborhoods solving crimes one year at a time.

    • haha

      making me go crazy and speak poorly

    • Rob Wagner

      They are working out at Lifetime Fitness. You have to read that article from yesterday.

      • foge1

        Maybe the City should hire more cops. They laid a bunch off had a bunch retire and haven’t replaced the lost man power. The City needs 400 more cops. As for working out moron. I would rather have someone who is in shape come and assist me rather than someone who can’t make it up my 3 front steps before I have to call an ambulance for them.

        • paab

          Minneapolis can’t afford to hire more pollice. It is a sanctuary city and as such has to pay to house, feed, and give medical aid to any illegal that stands within its boundries.

    • Brewster

      What are you talking about?, The city is taking away money from the police and government assistance so they can give the affluent BIG tax breaks!, Another right wing idiot drinking the kool aid!

      • Dori

        Maybe you should read the City’s budget. Entitlements, entitlements, 60k drinking fountains and worthless programs along with tax INCREASES…… There are no tax breaks for anyone. Sounds like you need to do some research and put down your glass of kool aid.

  • MNBorn

    Please, please, please…don’t leave any objectionable comments related to this story. This was a beautiful young woman who was just reaching her potential. Do not use this story to post something inflammatory in order to draw ire and get attention. Please have respect and show only support for her family at this difficult time. Thank you.

    • SG

      Well said MNBorn.

      • foge1

        You know he is making fun of you.

        • Pfred

          Grow up already!

    • MNBorn

      See, some a-hole acting just the way I predicted. Way go go, Southside!

      And Pfred, who are you suggesting needs to grow up?

      • ck

        Whether it was her poor choice or her friends, no one deserves to have their life taken. This family is grieving the loss of a loved one, and my heart goes out to them. Its comments like this that cause people to make poor decisions but no one person is better than the next. We are all God’s children. I pray the family and friends find peace, its time to start the healing procees. She is in a better place and even though she is gone I’m sure she will never be forgotten. This is a very sad situation and even though I did not know the victim this family will still be in my prays.

        • Southside Pride

          My comments made her hang out with criminals? That may be the stupidest thing I’ve read on these boards, ever. How did you reach that AMAZING conclusion, pray do tell.

          • ck

            No Southside you just don’t get it. Its comments and smart remarks that make people commit Violance. read what you want to read and take things they way you want to take them. But at the end of the day, no matter who is in the wrong its still a very sad situation. How would you feel if this was your family??? You would want the same respect.

            • Southside Pride

              Oh, I see: Its OK to commit murder if someone “disses” you. Right, of course. For God’s sake, don’t blame the criminal who pulled the trigger. Blame someone who was critical of his lifestyle.

          • lisa227

            First of all how do you know the man she was with was a criminal? Did you know him? Were you there? People shouldn’t talk about what they know nothing about

            • TrinaLP

              Thank You Lisa. I’m so sick of people leaving ignorant comments on things they know nothing about. I’m sick of the news and random people taking bits and pieces of a story and turning it into a telephone game. What kind of person do you think you are if your making assumptions about a young college student based on an outfit? I’m disgusted by some of these comments and the only thing I think we all agree on is that this is a tradgedy that we see all too often these days. P.I.L. Baby Girl

            • DIBO

              Lisa, in order to be in a gang (get jumped in) you have to commit crimes for the benefit of the gang to show your loyalty. Thus the logical conclusion that if you are in a gang, you have been involved in criminal activity, just because you don’t get caught doesn’t mean that you aren’t a criminal.

  • blondebomb4ya2002

    R.I.P Stephanie Smith. May God be your family and help them through this horrible and sad time

  • Kathleen

    Blessed be Staphanie Smith.

  • Renita

    Hmmm in a couple of pics she is wearing gang colors…. Some of the people shown in the video are also wearing distinct gang clothing…. Makes you kind of wonder…. I woudn’t want to make any wrong assumptions though… However, in a high crime high gang activity area + people wearing specific gang colors and clothing, logic would only dictate. However, with most people logic never is the answer.

    • Joey

      I live on the 3400 block of Park Ave. I Don’t understand why 2 people not from our neighborhood were parked at a curb, sitting in the car. I feel sorry for the victims and their families, but I strongly believe they were up to no good. This isn’t a good area….

  • Melissa

    What a beautiful woman.

    Gang Colors? Seriously people ….it looked like a RED lettermans jacket.

    Everyone knows Minneapolis is filled with a bunch of wannabee BLOODS and CRYPTS …….keep fronting and the real ones will take you out one day.

    • Renita

      Then grow a brain and don’t front. Maybe no one will shoot you then. If you wanna be associated with that lifestyle then be ready to pay the price.

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