The family members of four former Metro residents who were shot dead in a Wisconsin cornfield last week during a vigil and news conference on Sunday had a common message to the public: If you know something, say something.
Two people were arrested last week in connection with the murder. But some members of the family under Sunday surveillance at Mount Olivet Church said they believe there are other suspects.
Last Sunday, September 12, a farmer in the town of Sheridan, Wis., found an abandoned vehicle in a corn field. Inside were the bodies of 30-year-old Jasmine Christine Sturm of St. Paul; her brother, 26-year-old Matthew Isiah Pettus of St. Paul; Her boyfriend, Lois Foreman III, 35, of St. Paul, and her lifelong friend, Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, 30, of Stillwater. The last known contact of anyone with the four was at 2:08 am on Sunday, when they were seen leaving St. Paul’s Bar.
Sunday’s event with the families of Flug-Presley and Foreman III included statements from St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell, St. Paul Fire Chief Butch Inks and Mayor Melvin Carter.
“If you see something, say something,” said Lois Foreman II cautiously. His words were echoed and sung by other family members and the crowd present at the event.
When asked if he had any messages for the suspects, he said, “I feel for you. I don’t know what kind of mind, heart or soul could do something like this to four young souls.” “
Flug-Presley’s father, Damon Presley, reiterated the message. “If anyone knows something, say something,” he said.
He said the detention of two suspects brought him some relief, but that the four killed would not be brought back.
“I was relieved where I could at least breathe a little bit,” he said. “My dad would say, ‘You commit a crime, it’s time to commit. You have two suspects. Justice is yet to come.'”
St Paul’s activist Tyrone Terrill urged the suspect or suspects to come forward.
“Be a man,” he said. “Give them some answers. Families have a right to know what happened. Without the Absolute Truth you can never get the perfect healing.”
While families want and need answers, they said, ultimately it doesn’t matter, Presley said.
“You can’t help but feel that this nightmare, this attack, this tragedy, is an attack on all of us,” Carter said.
“On behalf of the City of St. Paul (know) that we take it personally and that our officers are leaving no stone unturned,” he said.
Carter asked for those who know something to come forward.
“When someone inflicts a deep, lasting, irreversible harm on our community, when you stand up and tell the truth, stand up and let every single person who has given us this nightmare…
Extel said his department is working with multiple agencies to solve the murders, “all hands are on deck.”
“It’s very personal. … I want you to know that the St. Paul Police Department takes this personally, it touches us deeply, it makes us work hard to bring justice to those families.” Inspires those who need answers,” he said.
Loy’s mother Jessica Foreman said she wishes the suspects and their children and grandchildren “get to know Jesus” in order to break the cycle of violence.
Antoine Darnick Suggs, 38, of Phoenix and father Darren Lee Osborne, 56, of St. Paul’s, are both in custody in connection with the murders. Both have been charged with four counts of disguising a corpse as a party to a crime in Dunn County, Wis. More serious charges could be brought against one or both men in Wisconsin or Minnesota when it is determined that four men were killed, Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygad said Thursday.
Flug-Presley and Suggs were seen together late Saturday night through Sunday morning at the White Squirrel Bar on West Seventh Street near Randolph Avenue.
Suggs would fly to Arizona and see Flug-Presley, an aunt of the woman told the sheriff’s office investigator. Flug-Presley’s mother told another investigator that she knew her daughter had recently been with a man named Antoine.
Sturm and Petit were siblings.
Further information about the four victims was found on their GoFundMe page.
A joint fundraising page was set up for Sturm and Petit who are siblings.
“Her bright eyes, zest for life and infectious smile captivated everyone around her from day one. Jasmine loved fashion, all things Audrey Hepburn, and was very involved in Minneapolis/St. Paul community activism. Jasmine loved and adored her (two) kids (5 and 11) and worked very hard to be a busy and supportive mom,” Page said.
“Nothing and no one could slow Matt (Petit). Matthew was infinitely inquisitive and always on the move. Matthew and Jasmine shared a strong bond and were inseparable as children. Like their father , the late MCA recording artist George Pettus, Matthew was a creative and talented musician, teaching himself piano and saxophone. Matthew had recently become a new father and paid as much attention to the child as he could.”
Ashley Jones set up a GoFundMe page for her brother, Lois Foreman III, and their children.
“My older brother Lois III was a son, father, brother and friend,” Jones wrote on his GoFundMe page. “He loved art and music. His loss was unexpected and terrifying. He has left behind the broken hearts of his two sons, parents, siblings and many friends.
Another page was set up for the children of Nitosha Presley by her father, Damon Presley.
“My daughter was a loving and caring mother of 2 children who have been left behind. “All your help and support will be really appreciated as they continue to live their lives,” Presley wrote on his GoFundMe page.