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Man arrested in St. Paul slayings of mother, 2 children

February 1, 2021 GMT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police in St. Paul have made an arrest in a triple slaying.

Chief Todd Axtell said a 26-year-old man who is a “person of interest” is in custody in the killings Saturday afternoon of a mother and her two children.

Axtell said the man was arrested by police and a SWAT team while hiding in an apartment building.

Family members identified the victims to the Minneapolis Star Tribune as D’Zondria Wallace, who had moved to St. Paul just six months ago in search of a new life, her 14-year-old daughter La’Porsha and her 11-year-old son Ja’Corbie.

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“I can’t stop crying. My babies are gone,” her mother, Mary Wallace, told the newspaper in a telephone interview from her home in Memphis before the arrest was made. “I need justice.”

An officer had been called to the home on a welfare check only an hour before the shooting. He turned away after D’Zondria answered the door and assured him that she was all right, police said.

The killing occurred just two blocks from the scene of a double homicide on Jan. 21 and shook a capital city already plagued by levels of gun violence not seen since the mid-90s.