MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Police in Minneapolis say an arrest has been made in connection to the New Year’s Eve hit-and-run that left a 37-year-old woman dead on the city’s north side.
Aisha Freels was leaving her home on the 3900 block of Lyndale Avenue North to get into a cab when authorities say a vehicle struck her and sped off.
Freels, a mother of four who was well-known by many in the north Minneapolis community, died at the scene.
On Sunday, investigators located a suspect vehicle, police say. A person associated with the car was arrested. Police said several tips from the community led authorities to the suspect vehicle.
Shortly after police arrested a person, Aisha Freels’ brother, Jerryl Freels, addressed a crowd of community members on Sunday afternoon in the very spot where his sister was killed.
“My big thing is I’m trying not to break down in front of these kids,” Jerryl Freels said.
The Freels family has been left with so many questions and some that are impossible to answer.
“Her youngest asked me yesterday, ‘Uncle JJ, when is mommy coming back from the sky?'” Jerryl Freels said.
Aisha Freels leaves behind four children.
Her two oldest and her mother saw Aisha lying in the street on New Year’s Eve.
“I told my mom that night it was just her vessel that was lying right here but her spirit is up there looking down at us,” Jerryl Frills said.
After this arrest, Jerryl Freels hopes to learn why the driver of the vehicle did not stop after hitting Aisha.
“I’m just so glad they found somebody because I want to hear what happened,” Jerryl said.
The name of the person arrested has not been released. Police say the hit-and-run remains under investigation.