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Three Shot to Death in a St. Paul Home


Masked intruders broke into a St. Paul home Early Friday morning. The men demanded drugs and money from a mom, her boyfriend and her three children. The boyfriend offered the robbers $4 and a TV, but the armed intruders wanted more. Not getting what they were after, the five reported gunmen gathered Maria McLay, Otahl Saunders and the three children into an upstairs bedroom. Two of the children, a 7-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl, reportedly witnessed the execution style killings of their mother, the boyfriend and their 15-year-old sister, Brittany Kekedakis. The intruders then made their way out the back door of the house, carrying money, electronics and jewelry. The two children fled afterwards to a nearby uncle’s house where they called police. Investigators are still searching for the suspects and clues at the scene of the crime.

The stories in the Star Tribune Pioneer Press are very similar in their focus. Both spoke to police investigators and family members of the victims to paint a clear picture of the murder scene to readers. The Pioneer Press reporter, however, chose to center more on the investigation aspects of the story, writing on how police are “feverishly? searching through the scene for all available clues. The Star Tribune article had a greater focus on the slain 15-year-old girl, mentioning how she was perceived at Como Park High School as "a cool, normal girl" who participated in a variety of school activities, including the school’s newspaper.

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