Activist brother of city council candidate dies in Minneapolis shooting

Tyrone Williams has been identified by family as the victim of the Tuesday shooting.
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A man shot dead in Minneapolis Tuesday evening was a popular local activist and the brother of a former city council candidate.

Minneapolis police said a man was found with a gunshot wound at 6:09 p.m. at Elwood and 8th avenues in north Minneapolis on Tuesday.

He was pronounced dead a short time after arriving at Hennepin County Medical Center.

He has since been identified by family and friends as Tyrone Rashad Williams, by among others his sister, Raeisha Williams.

"May my brother rest in eternal peace. 4/3/18," Williams, who ran as a candidate for the Minneapolis City Council 5th Ward in November, wrote on Facebook Tuesday night.

A few hours earlier she wrote: "They shot my brother. Does anybody know who did it."


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Others have identified Williams as a local activist and entrepreneur, with former mayoral candidate and former NAACP chapter president Nekima Levy-Pounds among those paying tribute.

"Rest In Power Tyrone Rashad Williams, a true frontline warrior in the fight for justice, a revolutionary, & entrepreneur," she wrote. "We love you and we miss you already."

Insight News reports Williams previously played a major role in calling for justice over the killings of Marcus Golden, Jamar Clark and Philando Castile by police, as well as joining the Standing Rock Reservation protests in North Dakota.

Native Lives Matter also paid tribute on its Facebook page, saying the Twin Cities "has lost a great human being."

Among his other pursuits, Williams was the founder of Black Coalition clothing, described as "a freedom of expression afrostreet clothing line" based in Minneapolis.

Police want anyone with information about his death to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). 

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