MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — What started as a Halloween party became the scene of a homicide early Sunday morning.
Minneapolis Police were called to an apartment on the 3000 block of Pleasant Avenue South at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, where they found a man shot and killed.
Police arrested the suspect, identified as Felix Hernandez-Pedraza, shortly after the incident, at a nearby intersection.
Still, the family of the victim say they’re shocked this happened in the first place.
Disbelief was step-mom Nicole Corrigan and father Francisco Hernandez’s initial reaction to the call from their sister-in-law early Sunday morning.
“He died in her arms,” Corrigan said. “I still can’t believe it. I’m still expecting him to come out.”
Corrigan said the place where their son was shot was his friend’s apartment. Police say inside the apartment at the time of the party were 10 adults and several children.
“I guess they were having a little party, I don’t know who all was there,” Corrigan said.
The victim, 21-year-old Francisco Hernandez, has three children under the age of 4. His family confirms none of them were at the apartment at the time of the shooting.
“They’re never going to know their father. He has a 2-year-old sister that completely loves him. She’s going to miss him and wonder why he’s never coming home again,” Corrigan said.
Witnesses inside the apartment told police they saw the suspect. Police say they identified him leaving the area and pulled the man over at the intersection of Pillsbury Avenue and Lake Street. Police took the Hernandez-Pedraza into custody.
They say he suffered non-life threatening stab wounds and was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment.
“All I was told is that there was a struggle, and that he was shot and killed after that,” Corrigan said.
The victim’s family says they know their son has been over to this friend’s apartment before, and they don’t know what could’ve caused the violence.
“We’ll never have him back now, and it’s senseless,” Corrigan said.
Minneapolis Police say a language barrier is making the circumstances leading up to the shooting and stabbing unclear.