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Man charged in connection with teen's killing at Brooklyn Center hotel

An 18-year-old woman was killed at the hotel earlier this month.
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A man is facing charges related to the killing of a teenage woman at a Brooklyn Center hotel earlier this month.

According to a news release from the Hennepin County Attorney, 20-year-old Cedric Smith of Brooklyn Park was charged Thursday with a single count of felon in possession of a gun in connection with the shooting at the the Quality Inn at 1600 James Circle N. on Feb. 11.

Last week, authorities confirmed the victim's identity as 18-year-old Allie Marie Campbell of St. Cloud, who died from gunshot wounds.

Six people aged 19 to 23 were arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of murder in the wake of the killing, the Star Tribune reports, but five of them were released.

The Hennepin County Attorney says Smith possessed the handgun which went off and killed Campbell.

The shooting

According to the criminal complaint, the hotel's surveillance videos show Smith and Campbell in the lobby around 8:17 p.m.

The footage also shows Smith, another man and another woman quickly going down a staircase 13 minutes later. Guests at the hotel report hearing a loud noise consistent with a gunshot some time between 8 and 8:30 p.m.

The man who ran out of the hotel with Smith later told police he had been selling marijuana from one of the rooms most of the day. At one point, Smith borrowed the man’s car to get Campbell, who the complaint describes as "one of his girlfriends."

When they got back, Smith and Campbell went into the bathroom where the gun went off and the bullet struck Campbell. She was pronounced dead when medics arrived.

Smith left the scene and was picked up later that night by police.

While in jail, Smith made recorded phone calls to his mother, saying the only thing he did wrong was panic and leave. He also admitted that he wasn't allowed to possess a firearm while on probation.

The woman who ran down the stairs told police that the couple were friendly and laughing before the shooting.

Smith faces a maximum sentence of 15 years and/or $30,000. No first appearance date for Smith has been set, the county attorney said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise $13,000-$15,000 to cover the Campbell family’s funeral costs.

“This unexpected tragedy had left a hole in the Campbell family’s life, that they will be unable to fill,” the page says.

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