Two women hoping to steal drugs planned the break-in that ultimately left a 19-year-old dead with a gunshot to his neck and head, according to criminal charges.
Megan Cater, 19 years old, and Briana Martinson, 20, are accused of organizing the home invasion in Bloomington last week, with four men also taking part in the scheme, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office says. All six suspects were charged Tuesday in connection with the killing.
It happened Thursday at about 10:30 p.m., at a home on 6800 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington police said. There they found a dead 19-year-old man inside, and it looked like there had been a struggle of some sort.
The victim was later identified as Corey Elder. He died from a gunshot wound.
Elder in an obituary is remembered as a supporting and loving sibling and family members, who would light up the world through his "smile, kindness and big personality." He enjoyed snowboarding, skateboarding and music, and had plans to move to Los Angeles to pursue the latter.
"He loved lemons and spaghetti, and a pickle jar emptied pretty quickly if Corey was around – especially homemade ones at Grandpa & Grandma Elder’s house.," his obituary reads, adding: "We will miss the joy he brought to our lives."
Police made six arrests over the following days, leading up to the charges filed in Hennepin County Tuesday.
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Cater and Martinson wanted to steal some of Elder's drugs, so recruited two others – 20-year-olds Alec Streit and Noah Peterson – to help. Those two men then pulled in two additional suspects, 20-year-old Tarrance Murphy and 33-year-old Maurice Verser.
Elder and his girlfriend were in their Bloomington home Thursday night when Cater and Martinson knocked on the door around 10:30 p.m. – then burst in when Elder's girlfriend answered.
Elder's girlfriend recognized the women, who were yelling about lying, as having bought drugs from Elder. Murphy and Veser came in after.
The four of them "ransacked the apartment looking for drugs." Elder was pistol whipped at one point, and his girlfriend had a gun pointed at her.
Elder tried to fight back. Verser threw him on the bed and fired one bullet – it hit Elder in the neck, nicking his artery, shattering his spine, and fracturing his skull.
Cater and Martinson took cocaine, Xanax and gabapentin from the home. The four suspects ran out, where Streit and Peterson were waiting in cars to drive away.
All six suspects are charged with two counts of second-degree murder, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of second-degree assault. Each of those counts carries a minimum sentence of three years if convicted.