MINNEAPOLIS — Police say an arrest has been made in connection to the death of 15-year-old Deshaun Hill, who was shot and killed earlier this month in north Minneapolis.
The Minneapolis Police Department confirmed the arrest on Wednesday, but didn't release any further details to "protect the integrity of the investigation and to address safety concerns."
Police say Hill was shot Feb. 9 in the area of Penn Avenue North and Golden Valley Road. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died the next day.
Hill's mother, Tuesday Sheppard, said Wednesday night news of the arrest doesn't bring her much comfort because "it won't bring Deshaun back." She said police informed her of the arrest in a phone call and she has "no idea who it's going to be."
Said to be well-known and beloved as a standout Minneapolis Public Schools student athlete, tributes began pouring in on social media from Hill's coaches and community.
Larry McKenzie, head coach of the North boys basketball team, wrote on Twitter "the pain of watching my kids in tears over the loss of a teammate and friend is so difficult. A man of many words all of a sudden is speechless and doesn't know what to say."
Hundreds packed the gym over the weekend at a Minneapolis North High School basketball game where Hill's former teammates wore warmup jerseys donning Hill's No. 9 and the name "D-HILL" written on the back.
A GoFundMe page created to support Deshaun's family has surpassed its initial $12,000 goal and raised more than $65,000 as of Wednesday evening.
A special tribute called "Black Joy" is also being held in Hill's honor Friday night at the Capri Theatre.