Updated: August 31, 2021 11:01 PM
Created: August 31, 2021 10:52 PM
As a memorial grows near where an 18-year-old was shot and killed in St. Paul, the family of the victim is calling for an end to the violence.
The family of Lavonte Love shared the above picture with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS as loved ones gathered to honor him at a vigil Tuesday night.
The St. Paul Police Department says Love was shot while in his car near East Seventh Street and Payne Avenue around 8:45 Sunday night. Monday afternoon, police were able to track down the suspected shooter and bring him into custody.
Investigators believe a dispute earlier in the day may have led to the deadly shooting but family members said they think it was a random act of violence.
Those close to Love called him "Vonte" and said his smile would light up a room. They also said he had a new job and planned to use the money earned to pay for college.
“We're extremely angry about the situation,” Chuck Love, Lavonte’s cousin, said.
“We're extremely angry about the city going crazy with the gun violence and it needs to stop,” he added. “I don't wish this on anybody.”
Police say the suspected shooter is 37-year-old Dennis Vanjohn Edmondson, of St. Paul.
SPPD said just after 2 p.m. Monday, a SWAT team arrested Edmondson in the area of Edgerton Street and Cook Avenue. They booked Edmondson into jail on suspicion of second-degree murder and a third-degree criminal sexual conduct warrant.
Dennis Vanjohn Edmondson, 37, of Saint Paul, was arrested by SWAT officers at 2:11 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30, on the 600 block of Cook Ave. He was transported to HQ and then booked into jail on suspicion of second-degree murder and a third-degree criminal sexual conduct warrant.— Saint Paul Police Department (@sppdmn) August 31, 2021
More information surrounding Edmondson’s involvement in Sunday’s homicide and the criminal sexual conduct warrant is expected in the coming days.
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