MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Authorities credit skilled and dogged police work, community cooperation and outrage, and a little luck for helping to find the men who police say killed 11-year-old Tyesha Edwards.
Sitting at her kitchen table doing schoolwork inside her south Minneapolis home last Friday, Edwards, whose funeral was Saturday morning, was pierced through the heart by a bullet fired by a stranger who allegedly was aiming for a rival gang member.
Witnesses provided significant help, police chief Robert Olson said. A call to police helped track the owner of a sport-utility vehicle spotted near the crime scene. The driver led investigators to a potential witness, Olson said.
On Wednesday, Hennepin County prosecutors charged 17-year-old Myon D. Burrell, 21-year-old Isaiah D. Tyson, and 23-year-old Hans S. Williams with first-degree murder in Edwards' death.
At least nine homicide detectives worked on the case the day of the shooting, in addition to officers who canvassed the area.
"It's rare you see people as engaged as they were in this case, but the death of a child motivates officers," Inspector Sharon Lubinski said.
Police were able to track down the intended target. Investigators got a break Monday afternoon when he was found in a vehicle involved in a shooting in south Minneapolis.
"There was great work by the homicide unit. They rose to the occasion," Olson said. "I couldn't be prouder of the department."
Arrests were made through the efforts of the Minneapolis Police Department's homicide, narcotic, organized crime and gang units, he said. They received help from the state's Gang Strike Force, the State Patrol and the Hopkins police.
Edwards was the fourth child since 1996 to be killed by a stray bullet in the Twin Cities.
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