Keontrell Govan's shooting death: Ishmael Rashad Moore, Dashaunta D'Mar Gomez charged

Ishmael Rashad Moore and Dashaunta D Mar Gomez, both 17, have been charged in the shooting death of 18-year-old Keontrell Govan.

Police found Govan with a bullet in his head last Wednesday afternoon in the alley behind the Church of St. Bridget in north Minneapolis. Medics rushed him to North Memorial Medical Center, but he died on Friday.

Keontrell Govan
Keontrell Govan

Moore and Gomez were both charged in a juvenile petition, each with a single count of second-degree murder. They are scheduled for a detention hearing at 1:30 p.m., where prosecutors will ask that both young men be tried as adults.

Witnesses who knew Moore and Gomez placed both teenagers first at a nearby convenience store on Dowling and Fremont, where they were throwing gang signs and Moore was seen with a 9mm pistol in his hand. Others saw Govan run into the alley, one witnessed the shooting, and others saw the pair running from the scene of the shooting, leaping over a backyard fence as they escaped.


A picture of the life of Govan, who was troubled and at times homeless, was sketched out by the Star Tribune over the weekend. Govan was friends with Anthony Titus, a 16-year-old we wrote about last year after he was shot and killed on July 4. A Facebook page, Get Well Soon Keontrell Govan, has sprung up, where friends are leaving notes.

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Previous 2011 Minneapolis Homicides:

Krissy Bates, 45, was strangled, stabbed, and beaten to death on January 11 in her apartment at 1302 Linden Ave. Arnold Darwin Waukazo, her boyfriend, has been charged with murdering Bates, who was transgender.

Stanley Curtis Rogers, 58, was shot dead on the night of January 21 in what police describe as a robbery gone bad in an alley behind 3656 Clinton Ave. S. Ladell James Antone Johnson, 18, has been charged with his murder.

Jeremee Jon Kraskey, 32, died of multiple gunshot wounds early Saturday morning, February 26. Police found his body in the back yard of a home at 3520 14th Ave. S. near Powderhorn Park.

Stephanie Smith, 21, was shot and killed the night of March 28 as she was riding in a car on Park Avenue South with another man. Someone opened fire from another vehicle, and then sped away. There have been no arrests yet in the case.

Benjamin Van Handel, 23, a U of M student out late with friends in Dinkytown, was intentionally run over early in the morning on April 15. He died of his injuries April 21. Timothy Ayman Bakdash, 29, is charged with his murder.

Tomika Swoope, 19, was shot on April 25 in a suspected drive-by on Columbus Avenue South, near her home. Witnesses think she was mistaken for being a gang member. She died April 28 at Hennepin County Medical Center.

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