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Woman killed in Plymouth intersection died from 'complex homicidal violence'

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The woman found dead in a Plymouth intersection Friday night died from "complex homicidal violence," according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office.

Trisha Lynn Nelson, 28, died at 10:09 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Northwest Boulevard and Rockford Road, and the medical examiner has ruled her death a homicide. The cause was "multiple gunshot wounds and sharp force injuries," the report says.

Authorities said at a news conference over the weekend they believe she was a victim of domestic violence, apparently killed by the man she had been living with.

That man has been identified by media outlets as her fiancé, 28-year-old Corey Perry, who died later Friday following a shootout with police at the apartment complex where they lived.

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The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women called Nelson's death the second domestic violence homicide of 2016.

Although court records show Perry had no history of domestic violence against Nelson, those who knew the couple say there were red flags, according to MPR News.

People who knew Nelson spoke about her situation to the Star Tribune, saying she was often going back and forth between staying with him and leaving him, but threats of killing himself and their pets scared her into staying.

In a letter published by the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, Nelson's sister, Tanya Fure, described her as having the "biggest soul anyone could have," but also wrote about the controlling relationship Nelson was in, saying: "This didn't happen in a day or even in a week or a year. It happened slowly over the years with little hints of control and her not being 'allowed' to do things."

The letter urges anyone who thinks they may be in an unhealthy situation to seek help.

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There were 34 known victims of domestic violence homicide in 2015, the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women announced in January.

Fure set up a GoFundMe Page to help pay for Nelson's funeral expenses. In the day it has been active, it has raised more than $7,000.

More on Friday's incident

KSTP and the Star Tribune, citing witnesses and people who knew Nelson, say Perry had called Nelson to pick him up from a bar in Uptown after he got into an altercation. As they neared their Plymouth apartment, he pursued and fatally shot Nelson as she fled the car.

Police were called to the intersection of Rockford Road and Northwest Boulevard in Plymouth, around 9:14 p.m., where they found a woman, who has been identified as Nelson, with a gunshot wound dead, police said.

Minutes later, a man, who media have identified as Perry, was reported at an apartment complex about 2 miles away from where Nelson's body was found.

That's where he got in a shootout with police. However, it's not clear if he died from officers' gunshots.

Officials say he had a long gun, a hand gun and had been wearing a "tactical" vest loaded with magazines, but the suspect was a prohibited person who shouldn't have had access to firearms.

How he got the guns remains under investigation.

The Plymouth Police Department is investigating Nelson's death, while the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department is handling the incident at the apartment complex.

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