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Vigil planned for shooting victim Nehemiah Steverson, 17

Posted by: Matt McKinney Updated: June 3, 2014 - 4:06 PM

As Minneapolis police investigators continued to interview people Tuesday about the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Nehemiah Steverson, his heartbroken parents planned a community vigil to mourn the boy they called their "heartbeat" and "laughter."

The vigil, planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday at North Commons Park, will honor and celebrate the life of Steverson, his parents said in a statement.

"...From the beginning to the end you are my heartbeat," his mother, Angie Steverson, wrote. "Our long talks and your strong hugs is what will carry me through. Love, Mommy."

Steverson died at the hospital several hours after he was found by police officers who had been called to the intersection of 16th and Newton Avenues North. At least five people witnessed the shooting, according to police records. 

The vigil will be hosted by the Steverson family and the Minneapolis Chapter of MAD DADS. Donations to help pay for Steverson's funeral can be made to any BMO Harris Bank; the account is the "MAD DADS F.B.O. Nehemiah."

Anyone with information about the shooting can call the Minneapolis police TIPS line at 612-692-TIPS (8477). 

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