Mother and two children were killed in north Minneapolis police chase

By Justin Reis

A state trooper began a chase after a driver early Sunday when the suspect's car crashed into two other vehicles, killing a mother and her two children, according to the Star Tribune..

Amanda Jean Thomas, 29, of Fridley, along with her two young sons, were killed in the chase, police said. The boys were Andre, 12, and Averon, 3 months.

Rufus Onel Victor, 29, tried to flee the scene by foot and was then arrested and taken to the Hennepin County jail. Police said he had minor injuries.

Victor was chemically impaired at the time of the crash and was driving a stolen vehicle, police said.

Thomas and her children were leaving a Hanukkah celebration prior to the accident. The Star Tribune reported, Amanda Thomas was "a happy, outgoing, family-oriented woman who was devoted to her children," said longtime family friend

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