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

Author:
Updated:
Original:

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.

Next Up

coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2

Minnesota confirms America's 1st case of Brazil P.1 COVID strain

The strain was found in a Twin Cities metro resident who recently traveled to Brazil.

classroom

Gov. Walz announces education plan aimed at eliminating disparities

The plan covers seven categories, including closing the racial education gap and improving opportunities in rural Minnesota

Tax forms

Charges: Otsego cleaning business underreported sales

An Otsego woman is accused of owing more than $20,500 in sales tax, penalties and interest.

Screen Shot 2020-04-17 at 2.58.26 PM

Walz gives vaccine providers 3-day, 7-day deadlines to use doses

Those that don't use their allocation will be given less in the future.

purse

Border officers seize more than $550K in counterfeit designer goods

The shipments of fake goods were seized on Jan. 22.

Landfill plastic bags

4 Twin Cities landfills seek to expand capacity

This comes as the area's waste-to-energy facilities are operating at capacity.

Marcus Carr

3 of 10 finalists for NCAA's top point guard award have MN ties

Not a bad way to represent the State of... Basketball?

Justice, court

Minnesota grants unconditional pardon to grandmother facing deportation

Gov. Tim Walz says it's the first full pardon granted by the state in 35 years.

covid-19, vaccine

Minnesota changes vaccine appointment process, here's what to know

Walz also announced plans for a mass vaccination event at Xcel Energy Center.

covid-19, coronavirus

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, Jan. 25

The latest figures from MDH have been released.

covid-19, vaccine

Minnesota health leaders say state's vaccine progress better than figures suggest

Minnesota is lagging behind national vaccination rates, but MDH leaders say this is because it's holding 2nd doses in reserve.

Related

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.

Minnetonka High School mourns student shot dead by police

Archer Amorosi was reportedly suicidal before dying in the police shooting on Friday.