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Teens charged in slaying of 5-year-old boy

A 17-year-old and a 15-year-old have been charged with murder in last week's shooting that claimed the life of Nizzel George in north Minneapolis. According to a criminal complaint, the 17-year-old told a witness that he fired at the house where the young boy was sleeping last Tuesday.
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A 17-year-old and a 15-year-old have been charged with murder in last week's shooting that claimed the life of Nizzel George in north Minneapolis. According to a criminal complaint, the 17-year-old told a witness that he fired at the house where the young boy was sleeping last Tuesday.

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