Three teens arrested for 'absolutely senseless' killing of St. Paul man

The 19-year-old was shot dead late Saturday night.
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Three teenagers – two of them boys – have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a St. Paul man last weekend.

Marcus Johnson, 19, died at the scene after being found lying in the road near the intersection of North Kennard Street and Ross Avenue on Saturday evening.

Late Thursday, St. Paul Police Department confirmed that three arrests have been made, all males ages 16, 17 and 18.

In a statement, St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell described Johnson's death as "absolutely senseless."

"I want to express my condolences to Mr. Johnson’s loved ones," he said, adding: "While we can’t change what happened to him, we can do everything possible to find the people responsible. And that’s exactly what we did.

"A lot of work went into this case, and everyone – patrol officers, investigators, our SWAT team and others – poured their hearts into the long days and sleepless nights to get justice for Mr. Johnson’s family. I hope it provides some comfort to everyone affected by this tragedy."

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An obituary for Johnson said he had a "passion and joy for life" and "made an imprint on everyone he met."

He was involved at Passion Church and volunteered with the Kids Ministry, and had started his own clothing brand, Splash Supply.

"He was ambitious in his business, academics, basketball, and anything he put his mind to," the obituary says. "He had the sweetest soul and a gentle smile. He encouraged others to pursue their dreams. He was unapologetically himself. He was generous, thoughtful, and beyond respectful."

A GoFundMe has been launched for Johnson's family to help with funeral and associated costs, and any left over will go towards combating gun violence. It has so far raised more than $8,000.

Among those paying tribute include Go 95.3 host Twin City Tone, who has known Johnson for 14 years.

"He always had a smile and always had positive energy," he wrote on Facebook. "He was literally sitting at my dining room table just a few short weeks ago telling me about his 2020 plans for Splash Supply Clothing. And now he’s gone. Cherish every moment and don’t take anyone or anything for granted."

His funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Helene Houle Auditorium at St. Agnes School, St. Paul.

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