MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Three people are dead following a high-speed chase in north Minneapolis Monday.

According to Minneapolis Office of Public Information Director John Elder, just before 2 a.m., officers near Dowling and Logan avenues recognized a vehicle that had been stolen in a carjacking with force Sunday morning. Officers attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the motorist fled police at a high rate of speed.

During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle got “substantially ahead of the pursuing squads,” Elder said. Then, officers saw the vehicle lose control at the area of Emerson and 18th Avenue north and begin to roll.

It happened near a community garden. Now a community of young teens are gathering to mourn. Three of their friends died in the crash, two of them were cousins.

Thomas Wright says he lost his 15-year-old son Jemontrae and his 16-year-old nephew, he says he was at work and knows nothing about a car jacking.

Jamontrae’s Dad says he was happy and well-loved, and his nephew had just gotten his first job and was working hard.

“My son was a good kid, my nephew was a good kid, the other little fellow that was in the car he was a good kid but how can they show the society that they was good kids if they don’t have nothing to do,” he said.

As investigators sift through the case, young mourners sift through their emotions.

Torreriah Epps was a friend to all three crash victims.

“They didn’t deserve this and that’s not the point,” Epps said. “The point is they gone now and they still kids and they should’ve had time to grow up and see their future.”

The BCA is investigating the crash, Minneapolis Police are investigating the original carjacking.

The BCA will use squad car video that captured the incident as part of their investigation.

Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield

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