Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Brooklyn Park, MN: 4th Murder in 2 Days in Brooklyn Park

Brooklyn Park police are investigating their second murder case in as many days after a woman was fatally shot Tuesday night inside a home on the 8100 block of Hampshire Ct. N.

Police were called to the house at 11:42 p.m. Tuesday night to a report of a stabbing, but responding officers found 32-year-old Ashantai Finch was already dead when they arrived. Police arrested her live-in boyfriend, 19-year-old Dymond Rene Hayden, in connection with the slaying.

"She was not happy, she did not want to be in the relationship any longer," said Wanda Curry, a friend of Finch. "She tried to play like she wasn't (scared), but I believe she was. I had her last night, she's gone today."

While the police were called to the house for a stabbing, the Hennepin County medical examiner said Finch died of a gunshot wound.

The address of Tuesday night's murder is coincidentally next door to direct relatives of Monday morning's triple murder victims.

DeLois Brown, 59, was found shot to death around 6:30 a.m. Monday morning inside her home on the 8100 block of College Park Drive, where she also operated Visions and Butterflies Child Care. Also killed were Brown's parents -- 81-year-old Clover Bolden and 83-year-old James Bolden -- who had recently moved into her home from St. Louis to be closer to family.

Police are still looking for the shooter in that case. Investigators gave a vague description of the suspect, but said he was last seen leaving the area on a BMX bike. A $10,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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