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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