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14-Year-Old Demaris Ekdahl Dies After Shooting At Graduation Party In Woodbury

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 14-year-old boy is dead after a shooting at a party in Woodbury Saturday night, according to police.

Family has identified the boy as Demaris Ekdahl.

Demaris Ekdahl (credit: Katie Ekdahl)

“Last night’s shooting on Edgewood Av resulted in the tragic loss of a 14-year-old boy, and our hearts go out to his family,” the Woodbury Police Department said in a statement. “Detectives worked tirelessly through the night investigating the case and will continue to work on developing leads.”

The department said officers responded to the 6100 block of Edgewood Avenue around 10:45 p.m. after several 911 calls.

Officers found 30-40 people at the scene, which appeared to be a graduation party. Witnesses said two vehicles, a white SUV and a dark SUV or truck, were involved.

The shooting is under investigation, and the Woodbury Police Department said it was aware of “other scenes” with vehicles believed to be involved in Maplewood and Oakdale.

Ekdahl’s aunt told WCCO he was going to start his sophomore year at Tartan High School in the fall. She said he was uncomfortable with some of the people at the party, and was leaving in a car with his older brother and cousin when he was shot.

Ekdahl’s family has set up a GoFundMe to help with funeral expenses. They plan to release balloons in Ekdahl’s honor at 6 p.m. Sunday at Walton Park in Oakdale.

Source: CBS Minnesota

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