5 people in custody in connection with UMD student's shooting death

William Grahek was shot in his home, and died at the hospital.
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Two weeks after UMD student William Andrew Grahek was shot and killed, authorities have arrested four people in connection with his death, and have a fifth person in custody.

The 22-year-old was found shot in his home on Feb. 14, and died at the hospital. The son of St. Paul Police Sgt. Jon Grahek, he was also a specialist with the 312th Army Reserve Engineer Company.

On Friday, the Duluth Police Department announced it had arrested four suspects in connection with Grahek's death. The department said three could face second-degree homicide charges, while the fourth could be charged with aiding an offender.

The fifth suspect was already in custody on unrelated criminal charges, and faces a second-degree homicide count for this case. The eldest suspect is 26, the youngest is 18.

(Note: GoMN generally does not name suspects before they have faced criminal charges.)

The department is expecting charges to be filed by Tuesday, March 7, but added it is still investigating and following up on leads.

Grahek grew up in Centerville and graduated from Centennial High School, before enrolling at UMD. The Grahek family, in a statement through the St. Paul police, said they "loved William very much and to thank everyone who has reached out to them with comforting words and support."

"He will be remembered for his charismatic, fun loving personality. He was a loyal, caring, and true friend who could light up a room," his obituary reads.

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