Michael Brasel, a father of two living in Minneapolis-St. Paul, was murdered on May 6th when attempting to stop a man from rummaging around in his wife’s car. Michael, loved by his community and known for participating in the local youth hockey league, was shot to death on the morning of May 6th.
The St. Paul Police Department released a statement on the shocking incident, saying:
Just before 7:30 a.m., a 911 caller reported that their neighbor had been shot on the 2300 block of Chilcombe Avenue. When officers arrived, they located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Officers secured the scene and called for Saint Paul Fire medics, who transported the victim to Hennepin County Medical Center. The victim was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Investigators with the police department’s homicide unit are currently working to determine what led to the assault and who is responsible for the death. In addition, members of the video management unit are looking for any surveillance video that could help determine what happened.
Anyone with information or potential video from external cameras is asked to call 651-266-5650.
The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to positively identify the victim and determine his exact cause of death. This information, along with any updates on the case, will be released on the Saint Paul Police Department Twitter account, @sppdmn.
This is the 13th homicide of 2023 in Saint Paul.
Here's the statement from SPPD on this shooting homicide, number 13 for the city this year.
Additionally, we were told by someone in the neighborhood that the victim had confronted suspect/s who were rummaging through a vehicle when he was shot.
— CrimeWatchMpls (@CrimeWatchMpls) May 6, 2023
A GoFundMe was created on behalf of Michael’s wife, Hilary Brasel. It has so far raised over $100,000 out of a $150,000 goal. The GoFundMe said:
It is with a heavy heart that we share the devastating news of Michael Brasel’s passing. Michael tragically was shot and killed outside of his home. Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael’s family and loved ones during this unimaginably difficult time. Michael and Hillary have two boys, Oliver in Grade 8 and Miles in Grade 5. Michael will always be remembered for his unwavering love for his children, his unbreakable bond with his wife Hilary, and his infectious spirit that touched the lives of everyone he met. He was a devoted coach who inspired and encouraged countless young athletes to achieve their full potential.
Rest in peace, Michael. Your kindness, passion, and selflessness will continue to inspire and impact the lives of those you touched. Your absence leaves a tremendous void in our community and hearts.
Hilary Brasel posted about her late husband as well, saying:
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