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Memorial Barbecue Held for Victims of Fatal Rear-End Crash on Hwy. 55 in Mpls.

Updated: 06/08/2014 10:20 PM
Created: 06/08/2014 9:21 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

The Minneapolis intersection where two young people were killed seven months ago became a place to celebrate their lives Sunday night.

Family and friends held a memorial barbecue for 20-year-old Melvin Jones and 21-year-old Brandi Ann Banks-Sutta.

The two were in a car stopped at the traffic light at Highway 55 and Morgan Ave. N on Nov. 3, when a driver rear-ended them. Both died instantly.

Police say the driver, Philip Bertelson, was speeding and had a blood alcohol level of .08.

The father of Banks-Sutta, Demetrius Pendelton, says this tragedy has impacted everyone in their community.

Back in April, a judge released Bertelsen from jail without setting bail.

If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison.

20-year-old Melvin Jones and 21-year-old Brandi Ann Banks-Sutta.

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