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Girl shot dead in St. Paul identified as Minnetonka HS student

The girl killed in a Sunday morning shooting in St. Paul was a student at Minnetonka High School.
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The girl killed in a Sunday morning shooting in St. Paul was a student at Minnetonka High School.

Samantha Burnette, 16, died in an alleyway shooting on the 700 block of Sims Ave. and according to the Pioneer Press her 20-year-old sister was also injured after being hit in the head.

Her identity was confirmed to students by Minnetonka High School Jeff Erickson, as well as by her grandmother, Bonni Boudreau, who wrote on Facebook Sunday: "This morning I lost my granddaughter to murder."

"She was only 16 and these lowlife thugs took her from us. I raised this beautiful young lady since she was 1 year old. I love and miss you Samantha Lea Burnette."

It is the second tragedy at Minnetonka High School in less than a week, after 17-year-old Scott Berzins was killed when he was struck while crossing a street near the school last Wednesday.

In a statement to students obtained by the Sun Sailor, Principal Erickson said: "Words cannot express our sorrow after learning that the young teen who was shot and killed in St. Paul Sunday morning was one of our students."

"We all deal with grief differently," he added. "Hearing about her death may make you angry or sad or just numb. As I told you last week, I want you to know that every adult in our school is here for you and is someone with whom you can talk."

The Pioneer Press reports two people have been arrested in connection with the shooting, but few details about them have been made public at this stage.

Burnette's death, if proved to be a homicide, would be the 14th homicide in St. Paul so far in 2016. Last year there were 16 the whole year.

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