Sources: Minneapolis Man Died Trying to Protect Son from Gangs

Updated: 07/29/2014 11:57 AM
Created: 07/28/2014 6:26 PM
By: Jay Kolls

Law enforcement sources say 38-year-old Drew Billingsley died last week after he confronted gang members for threatening his son.

Sources tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that Billingsley boarded a Metro Transit bus at 26th and Penn Avenue North, confronted the gang members, and when he left the bus one of the gang members followed him and shot him several times. Family members tell us they were not surprised the aspiring chef tried to protect his son and put himself in harm's way to do it.

Trevonte Marshall, one of Billingsley's older sons, tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, "He did not live many years, but I am very proud of that man. He taught me a lot." 

Marshall says his dad tried talking to gang members several times to quietly and peacefully get them to stop targeting his younger brother. Marshall says his dad had enough of the gangs, and that's when he walked to the bus stop to confront them about harassing his younger son.

Several family members say they heard the gunshots less than a block away. They say they knew Billingsley was the target of those shots.

Minneapolis police tell us they cannot comment on the open investigation. However, a 17-year-old man has been arrested in connection with Billingsley's shooting death. The case is now in the hands of the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, and charges could come as early as this week.

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