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Teen killed in St. Paul house shooting was star football, basketball player at Henry Sibley High School

The 17-year-old was a senior at Henry Sibley High School.

A teenager shot and killed inside a St. Paul home on Wednesday afternoon has been identified as 17-year-old Da'Qwan Jones-Morris. 

Jones-Morris was a senior at Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights. 

"Although we do not have official confirmation, our community and the media are reporting about the tragic loss of a beloved member of the Warrior community," said Henry Sibley Principal Ron Monson in a statement to Pioneer Press reporter Maria Gottfried

"Senior Da'Qwan Jones-Morris was funny, outgoing, and well liked by students and staff alike. He was a key member of both the football and basketball teams and known for his love of music."

Counselors are at the high school all day Thursday to provide help and support to any students and staff in need. 

Police were called to the 100 block of Annapolis Street East around 3:30 p.m. on a report of a shooting. Inside they found Jones-Morris suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, and paramedics from Dakota County already at the scene pronounced him dead. 

There were several people inside the home at the time of the shooting, with dispatch audio suggesting that Jones-Morris was the victim of an accidental shooting. Those inside were taken to police headquarters and interviewed. 

On Thursday, St. Paul Police Department announced that two juvenile boys, ages 16 and 15, respectively, have been taken into custody at the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center on suspicion of murder. 

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Police have ruled Jones-Morris' death a homicide – the 29th killing of the year in St. Paul, just five shy of an ominous record set in 1992, according to the Star Tribune. The killings, 25 of which have involved guns, include 28 murders and one officer-involved shooting. 

In response to the violence, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter will hold the first of a series of community meetings Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, located at 420 North Roy Street. 

"The meetings come following recent gun violence in Saint Paul as the Mayor considers proposing a supplemental public safety budget to the City Council," the Mayor's Facebook event explains.

Future community meetings are scheduled for Nov. 12 and Nov. 16. More information here

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