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15-year-old charged in Maplewood crash that killed 2 boys

Ramsey County deputies were pursuing the stolen vehicle before it crashed.
Marcos Paramo, left, and Alyjah Thomas, right, were killed in a crash following a chase.

Marcos Paramo, left, and Alyjah Thomas, right, were killed in a crash following a chase.

A 15-year-old boy has been charged in connection to a crash in Maplewood that killed two boys, ages 14 and 15, on Friday, Sept. 3. 

The boy has been charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide, one count of fleeing a peace officer and three counts of criminal vehicular operation, Ramsey County officials told Bring Me The News Tuesday. He made his first court appearance in Ramsey County Juvenile Court Tuesday afternoon.

The two boys who died were Marcos Paramo, 14, of Maplewood, and Alyjah Thomas, 15, of Oakdale (pictured above).

The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office said the fatal crash happened around 3:40 p.m. on Larpenteur Avenue near Chamber Street, after a deputy spotted a stolen vehicle and attempted to stop the driver in the area of Beebe Road North and Holloway Avenue East. 

The sheriff's office said deputies lost sight of the vehicle near Larpenteur Avenue and Clarence Street, only to come upon the crash scene in a yard a few blocks to the west.

Three people who were in the stolen vehicle fled the crash scene on foot, leaving behind Paramo and Thomas, who were seriously injured, the sheriff's office said. Despite medical care from first responders, the two boys died from their injuries. 

A GoFundMe for Paramo said the 14-year-old "took a ride from school with his friends and never made it home."

"Marcos was a good kid and had a amazing smile and sense of humor," the online fundraiser says, noting that he enjoyed sports and was going to be on the school football team. "Our family is devastated." 

Thomas was described in a separate GoFundMe as being affectionate and "impossibly funny," with the fundraiser saying that before he died, "he told his mom he missed his grandma and wanted to see her that weekend." 

In an open message to the media Monday morning, Elaina McMillan, Thomas' relative, wrote: "Our family is deep in grief and not ready to talk to the press, but I ask that you help us change the narrative for Alyjah Thomas and not let this tragic car accident and the circumstances that surround it become his life legacy. He was so much more than that and he and his family deserve better."

The sheriff's office said the 15-year-old driver has a "significant auto theft history," according to the Pioneer Press

The incident is being investigated by the sheriff's office and the Minnesota State Patrol.

Note: Some of the details provided in this story are based on the law enforcement's latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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