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R.T. Rybak urges witnesses to Alisha Neely's shooting death to step forward

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In the wake of 17-year-old Alisha Neely's shooting death on Saturday, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has urged witnesses to come forward and the city's residents to help police make their neighborhoods safer.

"We cannot accept last weekends tragic level of violence," Rybak said in an e-mail yesterday to supporters.

We know that 50 to 100 people attended the party where Alisha Neely died. To do justice to her memory, we need everyone who attended, whether they believe they have direct knowledge of the circumstances of her tragic death or not, to call 1-866-SPEAK-UP or the Minneapolis Police Department tip line at 612-692-TIPS. The right time for anyone with information about these crimes to call is right now. (People may also text MPLS to 847411.)

Neely was shot near 35th Avenue N. and Humbolt Avenue. The next day, mourners at the site of the shooting were forced to scatter when more shots rang out. There have been no arrests yet in the case.