Family of killed toddler urges shooter to come forward

- The family of the two-year-old boy killed in a shooting in north Minneapolis is urging whoever committed the crime to come forward.

Minneapolis Police say they are still looking for suspects as a community rallies around the grieving family.

Relatives of two-year-old Le’Vonte King Jason Jones stood together inside Unity Church in St. Paul to call on whoever committed his murder to turn themselves in.

“Think if this was your family. Think if this was your baby!” said Regena Jones, the boy’s aunt.

“You can participate and help my family begin the process of healing, begin the process of grieving, begin the process of getting to a place to figure out how we can bounce back from this,” said Pastor Danny Givens, the family spokesperson.

The shooting happened Friday morning at the intersection Penn and Lowry in north Minneapolis. Police believe someone in the van was a target of the killer. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office reported the boy died of a gunshot wound to the chest. Also in the van and injured in the shooting was Le’Vonte’s 15-month-old sister, Melia.

“Even if there was, we can't accept it,” said Givens. “Even if there was, we can't accept it. We'll never accept any reason for a 2-year-old, for a 15-month-old, for my cousin to not be able to hug her son, her child, her baby.”

Community members led by Spoken Word Ministries rallied at the shooting scene to urge their neighbors to stop the violence. As they gathered, just blocks away, police investigated an unrelated shooting.

“I'm asking everybody and anybody who can come forward with any information to help my family, because we're in pain!” said Regena Jones.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the police or call Crimestoppers 1-800-222-TIPS.

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