MN Teens Die in Apparent Murder-SuicideOfficials say two teens found dead in a park about 25 miles east of Minneapolis died in an apparent murder-suicide.
By: Associated Press,
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials say two teens found dead in a park about 25 miles east of Minneapolis died in an apparent murder-suicide.
After a preliminary investigation, the Ramsey County medical examiner says 15-year-old Lisa Marie Grijalva died of homicide, and 14-year-old Jacob Zachary Campbell took his own life. Authorities are not seeking suspects.
The teens were found dead Tuesday in a park roughly 25 miles east of Minneapolis.
Deputies called to the scene found a long-barreled gun near one of the bodies.
"It being young people, there are many different rumors and stories out there and it's our responsibility to follow up on that," Hutton said. "If people are saying certain things, we want to check them out."
He said investigators were interviewing people and following up on information about text messages and postings on Facebook.
"They were friends. They've known each other for a while and they've been hanging out," Hutton said. "The rest we continue to look into, as to what that all meant."
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was assisting with the investigation.
Lisa and Jacob were ninth-graders at Oak-Land Junior High in Lake Elmo. Carissa Keister, a spokeswoman at Stillwater Area Public Schools, said staff greeted students as they arrived to school Wednesday and additional counselors were on hand to meet with students or staff members individually or in small groups.
A Facebook page titled "R.I.P. Lisa Grijalva & Jacob Campbell" contained messages from friends and others who didn't know Lisa or Jacob but expressed condolences Wednesday.
In a letter to parents, Oak-Land principal Derek Berg extended sympathy to those who knew Lisa and Jacob, and said students were being encouraged to support one another. He also told parents to be aware that their children may experience "strong feelings" about the deaths and might need support outside of school.
"Please remember that it is appropriate for all of us to ask for support during this difficult time," Berg wrote.
"This is very tragic to us. Innocence is lost," Hutton said of the deaths. "It's very concerning, very tragic."
Hutton said the families asked for privacy.