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Colleagues honor life of activist, restaurant manager fatally shot in Minneapolis

Randall Smith was a manager at All Square, a restaurant created to serve up grilled cheese and second chances for those moving on from past mistakes.

MINNEAPOLIS — A man shot and killed in Minneapolis this week is being identified as a beloved manager of a Minneapolis restaurant dedicated to helping people just out of prison find a job.

Randall Smith was the victim of a fatal shooting near Elliot Park at South 7th Street and South 12th Street in Minneapolis Wednesday night, according to Smith's best friend, a family spokesperson and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office.

Earlier this week, Minneapolis police reported a man was shot while sitting in his vehicle, and later died in the hospital Wednesday night but police have not identified the victim.

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The incident marks the 87th homicide in Minneapolis this year, according to police.

On Friday afternoon, friends and colleagues of Smith held a press conference to pay tribute to him.

Smith was a community organizer and manager at All Square, a Minneapolis restaurant that offered grilled cheese sandwiches and second chances to ex-convicts.

Smith was featured in NBC's Today Show where Minnesota Vikings' Eric Kendricks surprised him with Super Bowl tickets.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call 952-882-0700.

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