Stephanie Smith ID'd as fourth Minneapolis homicide victim of 2011


The woman shot dead Monday night in South Minneapolis has been identified as 21-year-old Stephanie Smith. The MCTC psychology student was riding in a car on Park Avenue South with an unidentified man when someone opened fire from another vehicle.

Minneapolis police were already responding to 911 calls about the gunfire when they were told two shooting victims had shown up at the Abbott Northwestern ER, about six blocks north.


Smith was pronounced dead a short time later, making her the fourth homicide victim in Minneapolis this year. The unidentified, 28-year-old man she was with was taken to HCMC with non-life-threatening wounds.

There are no arrests yet in the case.

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Previous 2011 Minneapolis Homicide Victims:

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.