Son of Hennepin County commissioner candidate dies after 'tragedy' at Minneapolis homeless camp

It was the second death linked to the homeless camp in the space of a few days.
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The son of a Hennepin County Commissioner candidate has died after suffering a "tragedy" at the Minneapolis homeless encampment near Hiawatha Avenue.

The campaign for LaDonna Redmond, who is running for District 3 Hennepin County commissioner, confirmed that her son, Wade C. Redmond, died on Monday, Sept. 10.

His death came after weeks in hospital, following a "tragedy" at the camp in mid-August.

"Out of respect to Wade, LaDonna and the family, all campaign activity is currently on hold to give space for grieving and peace," the campaign statement said.

Details of what happened have not been provided, with the family choosing not to release that information right now. However, a GoFundMe page states that he was in a coma for several weeks after going into cardiac arrest in mid-August.

An update over the weekend said he was being taken off life support.

"Wade has become extremely sick," it said. "On top of the coma, he now has contracted an illness. The doctor's have exhausted all options for recovery of the body.

"Based on the insistence of the medical team, and the family's wishes, Wade will be taken off life-support on Sunday at 4:00 p.m."

On Aug. 18, LaDonna Redmond on Facebook wrote of the homeless encampment, saying "someone I love dearly has no place to go and is 'living' here," though she does not say if this person was her son.

Redmond's death happened just two days after a 26-year-old woman, Alissa Skipintheday, died at Hennepin County Medical Center after suffering an asthma attack while staying at the growing tent city at Hiawatha and Franklin in south Minneapolis.

City and Native American leaders have been striving to improve access to medical care for the 250-plus people living at the encampment.

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On Thursday, Mayor Jacob Frey is announcing plans to relocate them to one or more provisional camps with access to health and social services, the Star Tribune reports.

The GoFundMe campaign for Redmond has raised more than $18,000. 

According to Nonprofit Quarterly, LaDonna Redmond is a black food activist who has been involved with the Seward Community Co-op. She's running on a platform on increasing affordable housing, reducing county inequity and investing in local food systems.

A celebration of her son's life will be held on Friday, Sept. 21 at Unity Church in Minneapolis.

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