Woman, children killed in south Minneapolis domestic-related shooting identified

Updated: December 02, 2019 10:11 PM
Created: December 02, 2019 03:04 PM

The woman and children killed Sunday morning in south Minneapolis in what appears to be a domestic-related homicide have been identified.

Andrew Recinos, president of Tessitura Network, where the female victim worked, identified her as Kjersten Schladetzky.


Schladetzky was found dead at a south Minneapolis home, as were two preteen boys and a man.

A memorial at a vigil for the victims identified the two boys as Nelson and William.

2 preteen boys, 2 adults confirmed dead in domestic-related shooting

Minneapolis Police officers responded to a call of shots fired that was quickly upgraded to a shooting around 10 a.m. at a house near Oakland Avenue South and 28th Street East. Officers found the two boys outside suffering from gunshot wounds. They were put in squad cars and driven away from the scene, both were later pronounced dead from their injuries.

"They kept trying to escape, they were getting hit by bullets.  It was like a movie.  It was surreal," said witness Erik Wiltscheck.

"When they first came running outside I thought it was a game," he said.

A SWAT team surrounded the house where a man believed to be the gunman was inside.

Community grieves after 2 boys, 2 adults killed in domestic-related shooting

Police were later able to get inside the house where they found one adult man, believed to be the gunman, and Schladetzky deceased.

Recinos issued the following statement regarding Schladetzky's death Monday:

"We are completely shocked and devastated by this tragedy.  Kjersten was respected and valued across the company and throughout the Tessitura community. She was a kind and thoughtful colleague, and a friend, manager, and mentor to many.  Our thoughts are with Kjersten's family as we remember the lives she touched and her enormous contributions to our company and the arts and cultural community around the country and throughout the world."

On Monday night, mourners arrived outside the Oakland Avenue South home for a vigil. 

Branden Nellessen, who lives nextdoor, said he often saw Schladetzky and her children playing outside.

"I have two kids of my own,"Nellessen said. "It's hard. I don't know what would possess somebody to do something like this." 

Sgt. Deitan Dubuc, a Minneapolis police officer who was among the first responders, attended the vigil Monday night. 

"It definitely hits home how fragile life is," Dubuc said. 

Authorities have not yet released any of the victims' identities. The Medical Examiner's Office is expected to release their identities at a later time.

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