A local peace activist and the grandfather of Aniya Allen, a young girl who was shot and killed in Minneapolis, says he is leaving the city. K.G. Wilson, who has been helping to combat crime on the streets of Minneapolis for almost two decades, says he is done. Wilson told FOX 9, “I’m done. I’m through, and today right here I’m announcing my retirement. I am done as an active peace activist in Minneapolis; this is my end right here so today I say goodbye to Minneapolis.”
Wilson says he is frustrated by the increasing spike of crime rates in Minneapolis. He said, “And all I feel like I got in return is a murdered six-year-old granddaughter, and no arrests, and it’s been two months later.” Allen, his six-year-old granddaughter, was shot and killed in Minneapolis. As reported by The Minnesota Sun, Allen passed away after being in the hospital in critical condition. Her family has demanded answers, but so far, no one has come forward with information.
According to FOX 9, Wilson might have saved another life before leaving the city. Wilson stopped a suicidal man from jumping off the Hennepin Avenue Bridge on Sunday after the man left a suicidal note. Wilson said the man he stopped was ready to jump.
Wilson explained, “I grabbed him and I held him and I just started talking to him. I said, ‘I can’t let you do it,’ and he’s like, ‘man, you got to let me go, let me go, you don’t know what happened.’” Wilson shared that his story also begins that way.
“19 years ago I was on that same bridge wanting to jump off that bridge almost in the same spot down there where I saved him from,” Wilson said. That was where his life changed and he began working to help others in the inner city turn their lives around.
Anyone who has information regarding the shootings of Allen, Trinity Ottoson-Smith, and Ladavionne Garrett, Jr is being asked to call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or to submit a tip online at crimestoppersmn.org.
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Hayley Tschetter is a reporter with The Minnesota Sun | Star News Network and The College Fix. She graduated with a degree in Communications from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. Send news tips to [email protected]
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