Third family member has died following pipe wrench attack

David Richmond Ekers Photo: Hennepin County Jail. David Richmond Ekers

Associated Press
Updated: July 30, 2020 10:25 AM
Created: July 30, 2020 08:05 AM

A third person has died of injuries that prosecutors say were inflicted with a pipe wrench by a mentally ill family member in Maple Grove.

David Ekers, 34, is charged with attacking his sister, Eleanor Ekers, his mother Linda Ekers and his grandmother Darlene Broste on July 8.


Brost, 86, died the next day. Eleanor Ekers, 34, died two weeks later, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office. Linda Ekers, 63, died this week, her husband, John Ekers, posted Wednesday on

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A criminal complaint says David Ekers admitted to trying to kill his grandmother, mother and sister because he believed the women wanted him to return to a psychiatric hospital or start taking his medication again.

His father told police of his son's schizophrenia and about "a catatonic episode" the previous day, when he was unintelligible for 2 minutes. 

David Ekers remains jailed on $1.5 million bail, with his next court appearance set for Aug. 4.

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