Authorities ID man killed at North Shore resort holiday party


Police have identified the man fatally shot at a resort on Minnesota's North Shore.

The Cook County Sheriff's Office confirmed in a news release that Marcus Lee Roberts, 35, of Bloomington, died from gunshot wounds inflicted at the Bluefin Bay Resort in Tofte in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Roberts was working for a gaming company that had been hired by the resort for a holiday party for employees.

It was reported on Wednesday the party ended with a fight that saw 61-year-old Kirk Lee Bigby, of Finland, Minnesota, come into "physical contact" with Roberts.

During the altercation, Bigby is alleged to have pulled a handgun and shot Roberts.

He was later found by police in a room at the resort and was taken into custody by police. A firearm was also recovered from the room.

He was later charged with second-degree murder and is awaiting his first court appearance.

Dennis Rysdahl, the owner of Bluefin Bay, told the Star Tribune Bigby – who delivers firewood to guest rooms – was well-liked among resort staff and he "has never been known to say an angry word or get into conflict with anyone."

"We have never had a shooting or any violent crime in Tofte in my 32 years here at Bluefin Bay," he added. "We love our small, safe community and it is so hard for us to understand how this could happen."

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