Man who killed St. Paul teen turns himself in
The Star Tribune reported that as the family of Jacob MacKenzie, 15, could bury their son in peace after the man suspected of killing the boy turned himself in to St. Paul police on Thursday.
The boy's mother, Michelle Olson, said she has heard people say the shooting was an accident, but she is still unwilling to forgive the shooter, 19-year-old Alfredo Gutierrez-Gonzales.
"I have no remorse for him," Olson said. "I hate him for what he did -- accident or not."
Police spokesman Peter Panos said that Gutierrez-Gonzales came to police headquarters about 8:45 a.m. on Thursday and said admitted to being the man responsible for the early Sunday shooting in St. Paul's West Side.
Investigators did not offer any other details, Panos said.
Gutierrez-Gonzales turned himself in three days after Jayna Emerson, his girlfriend and the victim's cousin, made a tearful public plea for the suspect to surrender.
A visitation service for MacKenzie occurred on the day of the surrender, just hours before his parents received an award on his behalf from the alternative school he attended.
The award commemorated MacKenzie for his first time earning full credit for quarterly coursework at Guadalupe Alternative Programs, said associate director Jody Nelson. The ceremony was moved from Friday to Thursday to allow classmates to attend his funeral, which was held at 11 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 401 Concord St.
MacKenzie died on his family's porch after police responded to a call reporting shots fired. A semi-automatic rifle was found about six blocks away.
Olson said she hopes Gutierrez-Gonzales will be charged with murder, regardless of whether the shooting was accidental. She added that she was certain it was, for the simple reason that no one would have ever had cause to kill her son.