The community celebrates the birthday of Deshaun Hill Jr.

Sunday is Deshaun Hill Jr. Day in Minnesota, and community members observed what would have been his 16th birthday.

Gov. Tim Walz made the proclamation last month to honor the teenager who was fatally shot in north Minneapolis on Feb. 9.

Hill’s family, friends and neighbors celebrated his life Sunday at North Community High School, where he attended. He was an honor roll student, the school’s starting quarterback, and a member of the basketball team.

The event included food, music and performances and a space for hoop play.

“We are going to remember what he did for us as a community and all he did to bring us together in his name and in his honor,” said the Minneapolis community education coordinator. , Matt Branch.

Cody Fohrenkam, 29, has been charged with second degree murder in connection with Hill’s death. He remains in jail and a judge has set his bail at $1 million.

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