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Man killed at Halloween gathering in Crystal is identified as St. Paul man

The man wanted in his death turned himself into police. He has not yet been charged.

The 26-year-old man who was fatally shot in a home in Crystal on Halloween has been identified. 

Maricio Manuel Mata-Thelen of St. Paul died from a gunshot wound to the torso at 9:01 p.m. on Oct. 31 in a home on Yates Avenue, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office says, listing the manner of death as a homicide. 

A Go Fund Me page set up by a family member is raising money to help his family fund a celebration of life and also raise awareness about gun violence. 

"He was an incredible young soul taken way too soon," the page says. 

Mata-Thelen's mother Zita Mata spoke with the Pioneer Press, saying her son attended a small Halloween gathering the night he was killed.

"He is an innocent bystander and this is an unfortunate accident and it’s very, very tragic," she told the paper. 

A 29-year-old man has been arrested in connection to the incident, with the Crystal Police Department saying on Nov. 1 he turned himself in and is in custody. According to jail records, the man lives at the home where Mata-Thelen was killed. 

As of 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, he had not been formally charged. 

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