Jacob Campbell killed Lisa Grijalva before taking his own life

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner has ruled that 14-year-old Jacob Z. Campbell killed 15-year-old Lisa M. Grijalva with a shotgun before turning the weapon on himself Tuesday evening in Lakeland.

Police found the bodies of the teenagers in Humphries Park, not far from the banks of the St. Croix River, after a 911 call at about 7:30 p.m.

Beyond the manner and cause of death, the ME's office said it won't release the full autopsy report on the two minors.

Both teenagers were students at Lake Elmo's Oak-Land Junior High School, and Washington County Sheriff Bill Hutton told the Star Tribune today they had been saying good-bye via text messages to their friends the day they died.

"Absolutely that's a flag that something's not right, that they're going to hurt themselves."

We spoke to the father of one of Grijalva's friends yesterday morning. He described her as a "beautiful, happy, but very, very troubled" girl who grew up in a tough family situation in Oak Park Heights. Campbell lived in Lakeville.

Students and friends gathered at the site of the shooting after school to remember the Campbell and Grijalva. A Facebook page called R.I.P. Lisa Grijalva & Jacob Campbell is also up, and there's an effort there to raise funds for memorial wristbands.

Counselors have been working with students at Oak-Land Junior High. Here's the text of a letter sent yesterday to parents from school principal Derek Berg:

Dear Parents,

We received the very sad news that two ninth graders at Oak-Land Junior High died last night. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of these students and to the students and staff who knew them.

We informed students of the deaths today and allowed them to meet with counselors if they wished, and to have time to talk, express their feelings, and support each other. Our students in need of support have been encouraged to talk about:

  • How they learned about the deaths.
  • Their memories of their classmates.
  • How they are feeling.
  • How they can support one another.
  • How they might want to do something to honor or remember their classmates.

Be aware that your child may experience strong feelings in response to this news and may require additional support. In addition to the support being provided by school staff, you can also access support through the following community resources:

  • Human Services, Inc. 651-777-5222
  • Family Means 651-439-4840
  • Youth Service Bureau 651-439-8800
  • Centers for Grief, Loss and Transition 651-641-0177

Please remember that it is appropriate for all of us to ask for support during this difficult time. Lastly, there is a strong media presence around Oak-Land Junior High and in the Lakeland community. Parents and students should not feel pressured to answer any questions or provide statements if it is beyond their comfort.

Sincerely, Derek Berg Principal

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