Man arrested over June killing of Nia Black in St. Paul

Peace marches have been held calling for justice for the 23-year-old.
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Police investigating the fatal shooting of Nia Black in St. Paul in June say they have made an arrest.

St. Paul PD announced Tuesday they have arrested a 35-year-old Maplewood man in connection with the killing of the 23-year-old.

Black was shot in the head in the parking lot near the Lamplighter Lounge on Larpenteur Avenue West in the early hours of June 13.

Police said at the time that as many as 50 people were at the scene at the time of the shooting, many of whom were recording the incident on their phone, but nobody came forward about Black's death.

Her family held a peace march in early August to raise awareness about the case in a bid to encourage people to come forward.

Black was a Minnesota artist, beauty professional and business owner known as Brooklyn, according to a Go Fund Me page set up to establish a Nia Black Legacy Fund, which will donate proceeds to gun violence prevention and awareness about violence against women, among other causes.

A Change.org petition has also been created to raise awareness about Black's death and violence against Black women. It calls for the Lamplighter Lounge to be shutdown, saying it has been the "epicenter for violence for years."

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

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