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Fight breaks out at funeral of murdered St. Paul teenager

After a St. Paul teenager was shot and killed on a bus Sunday, his funeral wasn’t much more peaceful. A fight broke out today during a rescheduled visitation for Earl Freeman, 16, who was killed on a Metro Transit bus. Relatives canceled the original service, which was set for Friday morning because of concerns the feud between two rival groups which allegedly led to Freeman’s death, would continue at the funeral. Even after moving the funeral services, later held at a University Avenue funeral home, an altercation erupted between friends of the victim and friends of the shooter, according to a St. Paul police spokesman. Although no one was arrested, the services were moved to the Spielman Mortuary. 17-year-old Jerome Cross has been charged with the second-degree murder of Freeman. The family of Freeman claims the accused killer’s friends have made threats against the family. Services and the burial will be continued in Chicago, according to a death notice the family took out in the Pioneer Press.

The Star Tribune really gave this story to the Pioneer Press it would seem to me. The Tribune writer interviewed nobody in the matter and posted their story 2 hours later than the Press. The story the Tribune posted was basically a rehash of the Press’s article, except lacking the details of violent threats towards the victim’s family.

See the Star Tribune story here

or click the title for the Pioneer Press article