Skip to main content

3 arrested in connection with Woodbury teen's death

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

A Woodbury family is planning a funeral for their 17-year-old daughter, while police are investigating her death.

KSTP reports officers responded to a report of an unresponsive teen at her home on the south side of the city Saturday morning. Tara Fitzgerald was taken to Regions Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The station cited sources who said that Fitzgerald died of an overdose. Toxicology results from the medical examiner could take six to eight weeks to complete.

An 18-year-old man and two 17-year-old boys were arrested on probable cause third-degree murder and taken to the Washington County jail after the teen died. The Star Tribune reports they were released pending charges. The newspaper quoted Washington County Attorney Pete Orput, who noted that "if someone gives another drugs and that person dies as a result, it could be considered third-degree murder."

The Pioneer Press adds that Orput expects that charges will be filed.

"We have been closely involved in pursing the investigation," Orput said. "I have two attorneys assigned to it and when we're prepared to file charges. We don't know where it's going or who's going to be charged yet."

Investigators want to know what she ingested and where she got it, Orput said.

"We’ve got to stop this scourge in the county," the told the Star Tribune, noting that last year six people died of overdoses in Washington County. “Right now, we’re trying to track down, if there is anything, where it came from, who distributed it and I want to go all the way up the tree to the top branch.”

FOX 9 reported that the death followed a slumber party at Fitzgerald's home. Patch reported that an email from Woodbury High School principal Linda Plante confirmed Fitzgerald as a Woodbury High School student.

"Parents, we have sad news to share with you about a student of ours at Woodbury High School," Plante wrote in an email. "Tragically, junior Tara Fitzgerald, died this weekend. Tara Fitzgerald was an excellent student, and a valued member of our school community."

In an obituary, Fitzgerald was remembered as a talented artist and musician and an avid reader.

A Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday in Woodbury.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-08-19 at 2.17.19 PM

Twine kills 2 young ospreys in Long Lake, Minnesota

One bird was found hanging by its leg from the nest.

Mindy Kiepe

5 Great Danes kill owner on northwest Iowa farm

The dogs were euthanized after the incident.

Becker Public Schools

School district sued by teachers' union over staff 'gag order'

The district has faced heightened scrutiny for months now.

Andrew Luger, former U.S. Attorney of Minnesota

After dozens of arrests, concern over rising 'militaristic' weapons on MN streets

The U.S. Attorney provided an update on the violent crime strategy in collaboration with federal and local law enforcement agencies.

Screen Shot 2022-08-19 at 1.31.41 PM

Outrage after ‘vote with bullets’ remarks from GOP Senate candidate

The candidate's comments were recently brought to light in a video recording.

State Patrol

2 killed after driver crosses center line near Silver Lake

A toddler in the vehicle survived the crash.

Screen Shot 2022-08-10 at 4.12.14 PM

The answer to winter woes: St. Paul's upcoming Palm Springs-style supper club

Take a first look at inside the menu at The Apostle Supper Club.

Muhammad Masood

Guilty plea: Ex-Mayo Clinic researcher tried to fly to Syria and fight for ISIS

Muhammad Masood, 30, pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization in U.S. District Court Tuesday.

police lights squad car dark - Unsplash

Man says he was pistol-whipped, robbed at gunpoint by trio

The incident allegedly happened in Brooklyn Park early Friday morning.

Melissa Turtinen - MN State Fair 2021

Is the State Fair heatwave real, or an urban legend?

Sven Sundgaard checks the data behind the notion that the State Fair is Minnesota's 'last summer hurrah.'

Stillwater Prison

Investigation after inmate found dead in cell at Stillwater prison

Drug paraphernalia was found by officers inside the cell.

Related