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Two men killed over the weekend

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Two unrelated weekend murders brought the city's total to 21 for 2011, adding two more bodies to a string of fatalities in the month of August. Both killings took place early Sunday morning.

One incident in north Minneapolis looks like a fight between a man and a woman that turned deadly: Police found a man and a woman inside a house on the 2300 block of Girard Avenue North, both of them the victims of apparent stabbings. The man and woman were taken to HCMC, where the man died of his injuries. Minneapolis Police Sergeant Steve McCarty said the woman is the prime suspect in the man's death, and that at this time police did not expect to find a third party was responsible for the attack. McCarty said police were still investigating, and had not ruled out the possibility of a self-defense murder.

The second death came after a shooting on the 2700 block of 27th Avenue South, where a 23-year old man was found bleeding in a back alley.

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An ambulance rushed the man to HCMC, and he held on until Sunday afternoon, when he died from his gunshot wounds. No suspects are in custody from that case, and police are taking information at the TIPS line, 612-692-8477.

Neither of the victims has yet been publicly identified.

The man who died in the stabbing is the latest in a string of deadly incidents in north Minneapolis. The previous weekend, two teenage boys -- Quantell Braxton, 14, and Ray'jon Gomez, 13 -- were killed in separate shooting incidents. Braxton was outside with friends when gunshots clapped suddenly; in Gomez's shooting, another 12-year-old boy was shot and wounded.

In a press conference to address those murders, Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan said last Friday that police would be patrolling the north side in greater force, but he also encouraged more aggressive parenting.

"We need [parents] to try and keep their children out of harms way," Dolan said. "Know where [kids] are going, who their friends are and keep them at home in the evening."

Dolan also encouraged anyone who has information that could help solve the teenagers' homicides to contact police, reminding people that tipsters can often remain anonymous.