We Remember 2022
We Remember is a memorial to Minnesota’s victims of intimate partner homicide. Each of these victims is someone’s child, parent, sibling, family member, intimate partner, friend, neighbor, or co-worker.
Latifa Tasha Brown
January 22, 2022
Latifa Tasha Brown, 31, was shot and killed by her boyfriend Mark Bell Jr., 35, in their St. Paul duplex on January 22. After the two began arguing at a bar that night, Latifa left, and Bell followed her home. Neighbors saw Latifa run inside and attempt to close the door before Bell forced it open and entered the home. While the argument continued inside, neighbors overheard it and told Bell to leave. Bell then shot Latifa and told police it was self-defense after she pointed a gun at him. Although, officers found no other guns at the scene. Mark Bell Jr. pled guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years. Latifa Tasha Brown leaves behind a one-year-old child.
Linda Marie Johnson
January 24, 2022
Linda Marie Johnson, 66, was beaten to death by her husband, Arvid Johnson, 65, in their St. Paul home on January 24. Arvid's daughter called police after he confessed to killing Linda. Arvid told officers he was Linda's caregiver. After an argument between the two, Linda revealed she wet the bed, and according to Arvid, "something went off." He then beat Linda with a baseball bat in her bed, before attempting to commit suicide. Arvid Johnson pled guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to nearly 11 years. Linda Marie Johnson is survived by her five adult children.
Lisa Kathleen Petersen
February 7, 2022
Lisa Kathleen Petersen, 41, was beaten and killed by her boyfriend, Alex Keaton, 39, in their Plymouth hotel room on February 7. Keaton told police that Lisa slept on the floor that night and he was awoken to a loud thud, believing she had dropped a 10-lb weight on herself. The medical examiner determined that Lisa suffered severe trauma leading up to her death and ruled it a homicide. Lisa was found the night of her death with bruises all over her body, including on her arms, chest, sides, legs, face, and neck. Lisa and Keaton's three minor children were in the room the night she was killed. In the weeks after Lisa's murder, Keaton made online searches of Minnesota sentencing guidelines and murder for hire. Alex Keaton was arrested on July 26, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder.
Christeen Jo Massey (Farleigh)
February 11, 2022
Christeen Jo Massey (Farleigh), 40, was strangled and killed by her boyfriend Jackson Johnson, 31, in their Mora hotel room on February 11. During the early morning hours of the 11th, police responded to a call of a naked man run alongside a highway. They followed bloody footprints, which led to a makeshift shelter in the woods and then to a trailer nearby. Johnson and Christeen were known to stay in the makeshift shelter. Officers attempted to get Johnson out of the trailer, but ended up in a stalemate. He finally exited several hours later, covered in a blanket and holding a knife and was arrested, unharmed. At the time of his arrest, Johnson was also had an unrelated pending charge for domestic assault. Christeen was found with a bag over her head in the hotel room, and her death was found to be from asphyxiation "with evidence of manual strangulation and assault." Jackson Johnson was initially indicted for first-degree murder, but pled guilty to second-degree murder and received a sentence of over 36 years. Christeen Jo Massey (Farleigh) leaves behind two children.
Christine Kaja Nygard
March 6, 2022
Christine Kaja Nygard, 66, was beaten and killed by her boyfriend, Harold Wassather, 60, in their Motley home on March 6. A friend of Wassather notified police on March 6, after Wassather told the friend he killed Christine. Wassather claims Christine asked him about seeing other women before he beat her to death. He told police he physically assaulted Christine in the past. Christine moved in with Wassather in December of last year. Harold Wassather was indicted for first-degree murder. Christine Kaja Nygard is survived by her two adult children.
Kelli Ranning Goodermont
March 15, 2022
Kelli Ranning Goodermont, 44, was killed by her ex-boyfriend, Patrick Simmons, 47, on March 15 in St. Paul. Simmons stabbed Kelli multiple times before setting her on fire in the St. Paul warehouse where they both worked. Police arrested him at his Bloomington home, which was also set on fire. Simmons had a long history of abusing Kelli, including holding a loaded gun to her head in June of last year. Around the same time, Kelli was hospitalized after police responded to a domestic abuse call to Simmons' house. After these incidents, Kelli sought an order for protection for her two daughters against Simmons. Beginning in March 2021, Simmons' mental health deteriorated and he started walking around the house with a loaded gun and accusing Kelli and her roommate of being "witches/devils." He was hospitalized after one of the June incidents, and court documents stated he posed "a substantial likelihood of causing physical harm to others." Simmons was also charged with assaulting Kelli in 2018. In 2013, a different woman sought an order for protection against him for abuse. Patrick Simmons was found incompetent to stand trial in May. Kelli Ranning Goodermont is survived by her three children.
March 24, 2022
Isaac Hoff, 13, was stabbed and killed by his mother's boyfriend, Houston Morris, 38, in his Olivia apartment on March 24. In the early morning hours, Morris strangled and assaulted Isaac's mother with several items before she grabbed a knife to defend herself. Isaac was asleep but woke up after hearing the assault. Morris then took the knife from Isaac's mother and intended to stab her, but missed and stabbed Isaac, who was standing behind her. Isaac then called 911 and later died at the hospital. Isaac's mother survived the attack but sustained multiple injuries. Morris had recently moved into the apartment with Isaac and his mother two weeks prior to the stabbing. On March 1, Isaac and his mother were granted an order for protection against Morris due to several instances of verbal and physical abuse toward her, along with threats to kill her and her children. Houston Morris is charged with second-degree murder (with intent without premeditation), second-degree murder (without intent while committing a felony second-degree assault) and second-degree attempted murder (with intent not premeditated).
March 28, 2022
Peachu Yates, 35, was stabbed and killed by her husband, James Nyonteh, 45, in Champlin on March 28. Peachu was found bleeding and not breathing in the front yard of a home in Champlin, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Nyonteh's car was found abandoned in Brooklyn Park shortly afterward, and he was later arrested in Fargo, North Dakota, on March 29. Peachu was on the phone when she arrived to the Champlin home on March 28. The woman she was talking to on the phone said Peachu saw Nyonteh and told her he had a knife. Nyonteh was overheard by the woman on the phone saying he "just wanted to talk," before the call was disconnected. Peachu had recently moved herself and her daughters out of Nyonteh's home. James Nyonteh is charged with second-degree murder. Peachu Yates leaves behind three young children.
Lynnie Ann Loucks
Crow Wing County
April 28, 2022
Lynnie Ann Loucks, 43, was strangled, beaten, and killed by her boyfriend, Michael Munger, 53, in her Crow Wing County home on April 28. Lynnie's ex-husband called police to do a welfare check after he received a message from Munger saying Lynnie was "gone." When officers arrived to the home, they found Munger standing in the driveway with blood on his clothing. He told police, "you're too late, she's gone." Lynnie was found in a pool of blood with a belt around her neck in the basement. Munger later confessed that he and Lynnie argued that day about infidelity before he strangled her and hit her with a baseball bat. Munger has an extensive history of intimate partner violence in Minnesota and Washington, where he previously lived. In 2015, a Minnesota woman was a granted a restraining order against Munger. Despite this, he threatened to kill the woman, and was later seen outside her residence with a gas can. That same year, he violated a separate order for protection against him, and during police questioning, threatened one of the officers. Munger also violated orders for protection in multiple instances in 2016. He was indicted for first-degree murder charges.
Ariel Christine Sakry
April 29, 2022
Ariel Christine Sakry, 25, was shot and killed by her husband, Isaac Malone, 25, in their Compton Township home on April 29. Isaac then shot and killed himself. Ariel was shot by her husband in the back of her head and several times as she fell to the floor. She died from multiple gunshot wounds. Her husband, Isaac Malone had a prior of charge of domestic violence by strangulation to Ariel in 2020. All of the charges were dropped, because Isaac was a hunter and he wanted his guns back. He talked Ariel into dropping all of the charges, and his family then gave him back all of his firearms. They leave behind two young children.
Chandra Lanae Pelch
June 3, 2022
Chandra Lanae Pelch, 18, was shot and killed by her boyfriend, Jerome Caldwell, 19, in her Medford home on June 3. Jerome shot Chandra four times from the back, and twice from the front before killing himself. Chandra Lanae Pelch leaves behind her infant son.
Kari Jo Petrich
June 28, 2022
Kari Jo Petrich, 43, was beaten and killed by her boyfriend, Eric Jarvis, 46, on June 28 in her Hibbing apartment. Police were called to the apartment twice on June 26. During their first visit, officers observed the couple intoxicated and fighting. Jarvis asked officers to send Kari to detox, but they stated they did not observe any criminal activity, so they cleared the scene and left. Hours later, they were called again to the apartment. At that time, Kari told police Jarvis had struck her in the head and she was bleeding. Officers said she had no observable injuries during this visit and again cleared the scene and left without any intervention. During the early morning hours of June 28, Jarvis called police to say that Kari was unconscious. This time when officers arrived, they found Kari's body on the living room floor with severe bruising on the left side of her face and "a significant blood stain" on the carpet next to her head. Jarvis claimed she had facial injuries since June 25, and he didn't know how she got them. Evidence at the scene suggested Jarvis killed Kari, and attempted to clean up the apartment over the 24 hours in between police visits. A medical examiner determined Kari was killed due to blunt force trauma from being struck with a fist or object. It was also determined that had Kari received medical care in those 24 hours Jarvis spent cleaning up the scene, she likely would have survived. In January, Jarvis was convicted of disorderly conduct for throwing a phone at Kari. The original charge of domestic assault was lessened after he pleaded guilty. Kari's family members noted previous instances of Kari having facial bruising from Jarvis's abuse. Kari had also previously texted her ex-husband on two occasions that she feared Jarvis would kill her. Eric Jarvis is charged with second-degree intentional murder. Kari Jo Petrich leaves behind four children.
Donald T. Davis
July 9, 2022
Donald T. Davis, 39, was killed by his ex-girlfriend, Deandra Sharber, 34, on July 9 in Minneapolis. Sharber told police she had recently lent him a vehicle and she and Donald had a disagreement over when he would return it. On July 9, Sharber saw Donald walking on a sidewalk, followed and pursued him down a one-way street, and then struck him with her car, killing him. Deandra Sharber pled guilty to second-degree murder and received a sentence of over 10 years.
Katie Ann Fredrickson
July 30, 2022
Katie Ann Fredrickson, 34, was shot and killed by her boyfriend, Michael Klinger, 36, in her Brooklyn Center home on July 30. Witnesses in the home overheard the couple arguing with each other on the afternoon of the 30th, before hearing three gunshots. Katie and Klinger were described as dating off-again-on-again. Klinger fled the scene after killing Katie, but was later arrested by police and found with a handbag with four guns. Three of the four firearms were stolen. Klinger's past convictions prohibit him from owning a firearm and he was convicted of possession of a firearm in 2006, 2014, and 2015. Katie Ann Fredrickson leaves behind one minor son. Michael Klinger pled guilty to second-degree murder for Katie's death, and an illegal weapons charge for shooting his ex-girlfriend's dog on July 27. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
August 17, 2022
Ka Lor, 30, was shot and killed by her partner, Yia Xiong, 33, in their St. Paul home on August 17. Xiong then shot and killed himself. The couple's five minor children were home at the time of the killings. Their oldest child, a 9-year-old, witnessed the shootings and called 911 afterward.
August 23, 2022
Carissa Odegaard, 31, was beaten and killed by her ex-husband, Anders Odegaard, 31, in his Warren home on August 23. Police responded to a 911 call from a man who said he was flagged down by two young children saying they needed help because their mother was badly injured. When officers arrived to the home, they found Carissa badly beaten and unresponsive on the floor of the home. Carissa had arrived at the home to pick up their children to attend church. Anders attacked Carissa at this time while she was holding their three-year old. One of the children told the police their father didn't want their mother to take the kids. Carissa filed for divorce in April 2021, and it was granted six months later. A court hearing regarding the divorce was scheduled for August 30. Their five children under the age of 10 all witnessed Anders beating Carissa. The two children who flagged down the driver who called 911 said they saw Anders on top of Carissa, hitting and strangling her. One of the children also said he had seen his father hit Carissa before. Anders was previously appointed as a state's attorney in North Dakota in 2021, but was fired after three months. Anders Odegaard is charged with second-degree murder.
Shanna Renae Daniels
North St. Paul
August 25, 2022
Shanna Renae Daniels, 43, was stabbed and killed in her North St. Paul apartment by her boyfriend, Melvin Bilbro, 41, on our about August 25. Police officers responded to a fire at the apartment, and after it was extinguished, they found Shanna's body inside. She was found with extensive stab wounds and other injuries. No visible soot was found in her airway and the medical examiner determined she died of homicide. Witnesses reported seeing Bilbro in Shanna's apartment while it was on fire. Several items of Bilbro's clothing covered in blood were found in the apartment, along with a pair of bloody scissors and a folding knife. Bilbro was convicted of attempted second-degree murder and second-degree criminal sexual conduct in 2008 and was sentenced to prison. In that case, he threatened to kill the woman he was dating at the time, strangled and stabbed her, causing her to go blind in one eye, and sexually assaulted her daughter. He was released from prison in 2018, and within five months, was charged with assaulting his girlfriend. He was sentenced to prison for this assault. In 2021, he was sentenced to prison again after failing to register as a predatory offender due to the 2008 conviction. Melvin Bilbro is charged with second-degree murder.
Alberta Sue Nelson
September 5, 2022
Alberta "Bert" Sue Nelson, 65, was stabbed and killed by her husband, Dale Nelson, 67, who then killed himself, in Rochester on September 5. Police responded to a welfare check at the home that Alberta and Dale were temporarily living in Rochester and found their bodies. They were both originally from Iowa. Alberta Sue Nelson leaves behind 5 adult children.
Nicole Michelle Hammond
October 24, 2022
Nicole Michelle Hammond, 28, was shot and killed by Michael Carpenter, 36, at their workplace in St. Cloud on October 24. Coworkers recall Carpenter attempting to begin an intimate relationship with Nicole for at least a month before he killed her. A search of Nicole's phone found several text messages where she told Carpenter she was not interested in a relationship. In one of those texts, Nicole said she "did not want to be touched by [Carpenter], nor did she want to be manipulated by him." She also told him "to not make things uncomfortable at work." Carpenter shot and killed Nicole outside of her car in the parking lot of their work. Michael Carpenter is charged with second-degree murder.
Zaria Rashun McKeever
November 8, 2022
Zaria Rashun McKeever, 23, was shot and killed in her Brooklyn Park apartment on November 8. Zaria's ex- boyfriend, Erick Haynes, 22, purchased a firearm and ordered two of his friends, aged 15 and 17, to break into Zaria's apartment and assault her new boyfriend. Haynes drove the teens to the apartment complex and waited in the car as they entered. Zaria's current boyfriend was in the bathroom when the teens entered the apartment, and was able to escape and call 911. Several bullet holes were found throughout the apartment, and Zaria was found dead at the scene from gunshot wounds. The day before she was killed, Zaria told her boyfriend that Haynes had been stalking, harassing, and threatening her for weeks. She had also recently seen some of Haynes' friends around her apartment complex. Video footage from the complex showed a car associated with Haynes outside numerous times in the days leading up to the killing. Haynes told police that he was angry over his relationship with Zaria ending and that she had a new boyfriend. Haynes is the father of Zaria's infant daughter. He has two previous convictions for violating orders for protection in 2019. Erick Haynes is charged with two counts of second-degree murder, with and without intent. Juvenile petitions for murder were submitted for the two teenagers, with prosecutors intending to file a motion to have their cases certified as adults. Zaria Rashun McKeever leaves behind a one-year-old daughter.
Tu Anh Phan
November 23, 2022
Tu Anh Phan, 49, was shot and killed by Aaron Le (formerly known as Khai Le), 47, while dining at a Bloomington restaurant with Le's ex-wife on November 23. Tu, Le, and Le's ex-wife all went to college together. Le incorrectly believed his ex-wife and Tu were in a relationship, and targeted Tu knowing he would be at the restaurant that day. Le entered the establishment on the afternoon of November 23, wearing a Halloween mask, and pointed a gun at Tu. Other customers were able to initially chase Le out of the restaurant, but he returned moments later and shot and killed Tu. A 25-year-old server was also shot by Le but is expected to survive. Along with wearing a Halloween mask to conceal his identity, Le wore rubber gloves and wrapped the firearm in a plastic bag to reduce DNA evidence. During the investigation, authorities confirmed that Le made an unsubstantiated claim to the FBI in August that his ex-wife and Tu had hired someone to kill him. No evidence was found to verify this claim. Le's ex-wife told authorities he had assaulted her as far back as 2018. Aaron Le was arrested on November 24, in Oklahoma. He was extradited to Minnesota and charged with second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder. Authorities are also seeking first-degree murder charges.
Alexandra L. Pennig
December 16, 2022
Alexandra Lee Pennig, 32, was shot and killed in her St. Paul apartment on the early morning of December 16. Alexandra's boyfriend boyfriend, Matthew Ecker, 44, is charged with second-degree murder in her killing. The couple were in an open relationship and had been at a bar on the night of December 15, when they encountered Alexandra's other boyfriend. Earlier that day, Alexandra told Ecker that her other boyfriend was physically abusing her. While at the bar, Ecker and the other boyfriend got into an argument and the boyfriend punched Ecker in the face before being escorted out by security. A couple of hours later, Ecker called police to say that Alexandra shot and killed herself at her apartment. Upon arrival, officers found no evidence that Alexandra died by suicide, while Ecker changed his story of what happened several times. Additionally, Alexandra was found on the bathroom floor with a firearm in her left hand, which was suspicious due to the fact that she was right-handed. Ecker, who worked as a nurse practitioner, had been prescribing Alexandra Adderall and diazepam (Valium).
Kimberly Ann Robinson
December 26, 2022
Kimberly Ann Robinson, 41, was shot and killed by her boyfriend Mustafa Bush, 39, in Rochester on or about December 26. Kimberly's body was found on the shoulder of a road in Rochester with a gunshot wound and blunt force injuries. It appeared she had been moved there after her death. Family members told police that Kimberly spent Christmas Eve with her sons at her mother's house before meeting with Bush at his sister's home. Bush's sister told police she believed he killed Kimberly. In the following days, Bush was seen burning several items in a pit in his and Kimberly's backyard. Additionally, police found social media posts from a man who met Bush in prison, that said Bush came to the man's house on December 26 to wash clothes and clean out his car. One of Bush's family members convinced him to turn himself in on December 29, and he was charged with second-degree murder. Mustafa Bush was previously convicted of second-degree murder in 2006, and was released under supervision in March 2020. Kimberly Ann Robinson is survived by her three children, two adult and one minor.
December 29, 2022
Jasmine Nelson, 27, was beaten and killed by her boyfriend Jeremiah Turner, 25, in her Medina home on December 29. Police were called to the home and found Jasmine unconscious with "numerous bruises on her body." Turner said she was injured in a car accident, but officers found no evidence of this. Jasmine's two young children were home at the time, and the older of the two said she witnessed her mother being beaten by Turner with a toilet paper rack while her mother was crying and asking for him to stop. Police found a bloody toilet paper rack and blood spatter in Jasmine's bedroom. Jeremiah Turner is charged with second-degree murder. He was previously convicted of domestic assault in 2019 and criminal sexual conduct of a minor in 2015.