MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Thirty-three-year-old Jason Youngmark suffered a fatal gunshot wound last Saturday at 26th Avenue and Emerson Avenue in North Minneapolis.

His family says he had stopped by to say hello to friends. Youngmark’s wife and sister said he was active in the community and just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

“I’m just kind of getting by still,” said Stacy Davis, Youngmark’s wife. “It’s still surreal to me that this has happened, but I know it has and I just have to deal with it one step at a time for my kids. I’m their only parent now.”

Davis has seven children between the ages of 1 and 10. And three of the children are autistic.

“They’re all handling it okay, but I don’t know how exactly what they’re going through inside. I only hope they’re okay,” Davies said.

Youngmark’s youngest sister, Rose, said he put a lot of value into his family.

“He wasn’t just having kids,” she said. “He was there for them: to teach them, to love them, to guide them.”

Rose said Youngmark wasn’t involved with gangs, drinking or drugs.

“He was a good guy,” she said.

The women have a notepad that Youngmark kept with him. It was full of ideas for the future. The notes speak on the importance of God and family. They also touch on ideas such as a community garden and affordable housing.

“He cared, he made an impact on people — on anyone he touched,” Rose said. “You will never hear anybody say he deserved what happened; it’s just not even fathomable.”

No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting. The family, however, says Youngmark and the gunman knew each other. They say Youngmark mentored his shooter.

For information on a vigil in Youngmark’s honor, click here: http://www.thebuildingblocks.org/

Sonya Goins, Producer
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Comments (16)
  1. steve says:


  2. Ash says:

    No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting. The family, however, says Youngmark and the gunman knew each other. They say Youngmark mentored his shooter.

    DRUG DEAL GONE BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Why have they not given his name to the police????????

    1. just saying... says:

      Chances are the police already have the name and the investigation is continuing so that the arrest and charges will stick. Give it time.

    2. Really!!! says:

      Try again, if you listened he didn’t deal drugs!! He mentored, you don’t usually mentor people to deal drugs, probably to stop. And the police are his family (Sgt. Arradondo/cousin) and they are working very hard to get the killer arrested, oh wait, he was arrested yesterday. Find a new hobby.

  3. Dave says:

    So we need more afforable housing in North so more events like this can happen? How about more NON-afforable housing please.

  4. Dolt says:

    Normal people don’t have 7 children, if you have numerous children and a couple are autistic it might be time to stop having them. Can you even imagine how much it will cost us to raise these 7 children through government asst.

  5. Michele says:

    What is wrong with you people that you can’t even find it in you to feel sadness for the passing of a human life? This is not some cop show or a moralistic play; this is life, and you are talking about somebody who is missed by somebody.

    1. Dave says:

      It seems nobody who is in charge of our fair city who boasts about its excellent “quality of life” gives a hoot about North, except for giving it more L3SOs and Sec. 8 of course. Why should we residents care anymore other than to combat the undesrirable element full-force? You get a little jaded on the Northside to say the least. It is tragic of couse, but what are YOU doing about it other thinking it’s sad? You’ll forget about this by Tuesday anyhow.

      1. Really!!! says:

        You might have noticed that he mentored his shooter. The idea was he was trying to change people on the northside and wanted things to improve as much as you. Yes I know this for a fact. Please keep your jaded feelings to yourself when it comes to situations like this. Thank You.

  6. TaxPayer says:

    How can he support 10 children with three of them disabled on a taxi driver’s salary? This is insane and now that this tragedy has occured the cost of supporting these children falls on us. ACTUAL TAXPAYERS. Not to say he deserved this but obviously he made poor decisions if he was visiting friends in the area he was shot.

    1. Dah says:

      Wow you’re informative, this guy isn’t the cabbie that was shot, read things before you give your worthless opinion

  7. Muslimah says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. May Allah (swt) bless his soul and may he be a dweller in Jannah. For those ignorant people, I feel so sorry for you. I hope when one of your family members are tragically murdered, some random folks say the same about your loved ones…IDIOTS!!!!!!!!

  8. Compassionate man says:

    To hell with all of the racist haters who’ve posted despicably inhumane remarks. I once read the NYT comments on an article and was actually shocked by a lengthy series of intelligent comments, unlike the BS I tend to see in MN online comment sections, when I make the mistake of reading them. You people are making cruel, prejudiced, stereotypical remarks about a man you do not know with no consideration for the feelings of his family who very likely will see this article. This was a case of a good man being killed by a lost, reckless soul. I’m a Northsider and I hate the gun violence year after year, but it is largely the consequence of hundreds of years of racial oppression and ongoing structural racism perpetuating it.

  9. Family friend says:

    The entire family is American born and raised… raised Christian, in fact. It would be wise to not speak before having all the facts. “Speak little and listen much” – a wise saying too easily forgotten

  10. Really!!! says:

    You are obviously racist, for your information he is from here, very much scandinavian, if you are going to get rid of him, I’m guessing you will have to go too. BTW, his family is now taking care of his wife and children and the community of loving people that he knew. YOU are the problem with this world, not HIM.

  11. Half-Scandinavian Muslim Youngmark says:

    My youngest brother, Jason, was a fine man who i have always admired. He always found time for friends and relatives. I know that he was working that night he was shot and he wasn’t working to sell drugs. One of the things he did for money was buy and sell furniture on Craigslist. The house he was shot in was entirely furnished by his wares with many of the items being gifted by my brother to the resident. Jason and his shooter were friends and we do believe it was an accident.
    I know that all of these details about Jason’s life and death don’t fit into simple stereotypes that make it easy to blog about and react to. None of it is very sensational and it doesn’t even make a good news story. It seems that’s what you’re looking for when you make such inflammatory statements. It really saddens me. If any of you were with me when I had to wake my mother and tell her she has survived her youngest son, you wouldn’t say such selfish, ignorant and hurtful things.
    You might not share Jason’s way of life, means of birth control, his religion or his hope for his family and friends(even the ones on the “Northside”) But please try to see that a man has lost his life. His children don’t have a father and his wife is without her companion. This city has lost a good soul that only tried to improve things for himself and those around him. It happened because of a dumb-ass and a gun. Carrying a gun is not going to save us.
    Tomorrow is not promised to any of us, so spend some time living in the positive. And don’t worry about his children. We’ll see to it that they get by without any help from haters online.

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