Superior Murder Victim Described as Great Friend

Laurie Stribling

October 01, 2014 09:06 PM

"Just a lover of life, he's so passionate about everything he does," family friend Sophia Johannesson said. "He loves being a good friend to everyone."

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That's how Johannesson described Garth Velin. He was killed Tuesday night after being shot in the chest at his Superior home.

"He loved to volunteer," Johannesson said. "He loved children. He loved coaching. He loved his family so much and his brother."

20-year-old Velin was found unconscious in his doorway when emergency responders arrived. He was taken across the street while officers secured the area. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

There have been no arrests made and the police want the community's help to find the suspect.

Velin's girlfriend was at the home when the shooting happened. She is not a suspect in the case.

"She reported she was upstairs when she heard a banging sound and commotion coming from the main level," Superior Police Chief Charles LaGesse said.

LaGesse said they don't believe the shooting was a random act, but understand the community may be scared.

"Crimes of this magnitude are alarming," LaGesse said.

Velin graduated from Superior High School in 2012. School officials said they were prepared to help grieving students.

"We have some kids that are really suffering today," Superintendent Janna Stevens said.

Stevens said the high school has four counselors and an insight teacher.

There was an outpouring of support on Velin's Facebook page Wednesday.

"It's just so difficult to wrap your head around, how something like this could happen to such good people," Johannesson said. "Life is not fair."

Johannesson said Velin's family is having a hard time, but they want his memory to live on.

"I think they just want him to be remembered as a hard worker and dedicated individual to all his friends, family, work and community," Johannesson said.

Police said a motive is still under investigation. Johannesson said no funeral plans are set, but services may take place this weekend.


Laurie Stribling

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