Suspect arrested in St. Paul shooting that killed 2 after celebration of life

Police say they’ve arrested a man in connection to a weekend shooting that killed two people outside a celebration of life.

Thursday, St. Paul Police said 52-year-old John Lee Edmondson was taken into custody on suspicion of second-degree murder. However, he hadn’t been formally charged as of Thursday afternoon.

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The shooting, which happened this past Saturday, killed two men and hurt three others. Those killed have been identified as 37-year-old Troy Kennedy and 34-year-old Larry Jiles Jr., a popular local chef known as “Chef Hot Hands.”

Police say the shooting occurred on the 500 block of Dale Street North at around 5:15 p.m. on Feb. 25. After the celebration of life ended, investigators believe an altercation in the parking lot of a nearby building escalated into shots being fired.

The deaths are the fourth and fifth homicides of the year in St. Paul.