Family Identifies Victim in Parking Garage Stabbing

July 28, 2017 11:32 AM

The family of the woman who died after being stabbed in a Minneapolis parking lot identified her as 31-year-old Mai Yer Cha.

Cha died from her injuries Wednesday, according to the Minneapolis Police Department.


Police say they responded to a report of a stabbing just after midnight July 15 at a parking ramp on Second Avenue North.

Upon arrival, officers located an adult female, later identified as Cha, who had been stabbed. Cha was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center.

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Police arrested 44-year-old Benjamin Love in connection to the incident on July 20. The investigators involved in the case are amending the charges against Love to include second-degree murder.

Cha's sister, May Seng Cha, said the 31 year old is the youngest of nine siblings in their Hmong family.

"She's our baby," May Seng Cha said. "She's not just my mom's baby, she's our baby. We've all taken care of her in a lot of different ways."

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May Seng said her sister was a "gifted shaman" in the community who healed many people and had a giving spirit.

Friends who were in the parking ramp that night told the family that Cha stepped in to grab a purse away from Love, who police say was trying to rob the women at the time of the incident.

"We're not surprised that she did that," May Seng Cha said. "Everybody's just shocked. They saw her the other day, or they saw a Facebook post. She's bubbly and happy and always there to support you."




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