Two of the victims of a triple homicide at a Brooklyn Park home this week died of gunshot wounds to the head and the third of an unspecified gunshot wound, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office said Wednesday.
DeLois Brown, 59, and her mother, Clover Bolden, 81, were shot in the head, the office said. The third victim was James Henry Bolden, 82, DeLois Brown's father and Clover Bolden's husband.
The Medical Examiner has also identified the victim in a domestic homicide in Brooklyn Park Tuesday night as Ashantai Nicole Finch, 32. She died of a gunshot wound, according to the examiner's office.
Residents of the neighborhoods around the site of Monday's triple homicide were invited to a community meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at College Park, 8233 W. Broadway.
City Council members and police officials will be on hand to answer questions and reassure residents in the aftermath of the crime.
Neighbors are being notified by e-mail, phone and text via the city's communications database.
Brown and her elderly parents were shot to death in Brown's home on Monday morning. Police continue to look for a suspect who was seen in the area before and after the killings.
Although the city is at a 20-year low for crime across the board, some residents have been shaken by the triple homicide in the College Park neighborhood and a homicide Tuesday night that police described as a domestic incident, said Mayor Jeff Lunde. Police said Tuesday night's killing, in which a suspect was arrested at the scene, was unrelated to Monday's crime.
"The confidence we've been trying to build up is still fragile," Lunde said. He added, however, that his own faith is not broken. "People ask, 'What do you feel now?' I feel the same way. I've always said it's a roller coaster. You see the trend going down but that doesn't mean there won't be weeks like this."
For her part, Heidi Woelfels, a 16-year resident who lives around the corner from where Monday's killings occurred, said she wants to get the word out that Brooklyn Park is a safe city, and that her neighbors are invested in and concerned about each other. At Wednesday's meeting, she wants to encourage residents to turn on their outside lights.
"Especially until they catch this person, our neighborhood needs to light up," she said. "We can't look out for each other if we're in the dark."
MARIA ELENA BACA