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Richfield school shooter pleads guilty to killing 15-year-old student


February 2, 2023

Renée Jones Schneider, Star Tribune

Cortez Rice, father of Jahmari Rice, speaks to a crowd of young people about what happened to his son and encouraged them to focus on school and reject gun violence during a vigil for the one year anniversary of the death of 15-year-old Jahmari Rice.

A 19-year-old pleaded guilty to murder Wednesday, a year to the day after he shot two of his peers in their chests outside a Richfield high school, killing one and critically injuring the other.

With his plea, Fernando Valdez-Alvarez of Minneapolis agreed to a presumed sentence of 23½ years for second-degree unintentional murder and first-degree intentional assault in connection to the Feb. 1, 2022, shooting outside South Education Center Academy.

Killed in the gunfire was 15-year-old Jahmari Kei'Fee Rice. On Wednesday night, his family and friends honored him with a vigil at the school, where they released balloons and lit candles in remembrance.


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