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Teen dies in north side violence

A 14-year-old girl died late Saturday after being shot leaving a party in Minneapolis's north side neighborhood, the Star Tribune reported Sunday. The girl, Charez Jones, was walking home from a party with her boyfriend and younger step-brother when they saw three men fighting at the corner of 33rd and Humboldt Avenues N. The teens decided to turn around and began to run when they heard gunshots. Jones was separated from the group and was found dead shortly after near the doorstep to the party they had recently left. Police said they are still looking for the three men and that they believe Jones was an unintentional victim of the violence. She would have finished her freshman year at Edison High School on Tuesday. The Pioneer Press, which also picked up the story, said the teen and her boyfriend had attended a birthday party for a 17-year-old girl on Humboldt Avenue N and had called a cousin shortly after 10:30 p.m. for a ride home. Party-goers had to submit to a weapons search before being allowed into the house, according to family members of the 17-year-old birthday girl. A group of four men approached the house about the time Jones stepped outside to call her cousin, and according to the host family, the men did not submit to a weapons search and consequently were not allowed inside. Police believe these men may be connected to the shooting.