Photo of Bryan Thao Worra, blog post by John Hoff
The Pioneer Press is now reporting that Daron Bolden, age 20, is the latest North Minneapolis shooting victim and states Bolden died of multiple gunshot wounds in the yard of 2523 Dupont Ave. N.
The house in question is owned by an individual residing at the same address and, from what I've seen, is one of the nicer homes in North Minneapolis. In the last few years, the Laotian poet Bryan Thao Worra lived there, and he lists the address on his self-published e-book "Tanon Sai Jai, Poems by Bryan Thao Worra."
Worra is pictured above. The photo was taken at Nomad World Pub on New Year's Eve. On that night I was there with Bryan and Jeff Skrenes. One of us won the "meat raffle." Worra is holding the "lucky meat." How random.
It is my hypothesis that Daron Bolden did not live at the residence where he died but rather...
...was probably running for his life and made it as far as that particular random yard where his number was up in a murderous "cosmic meat raffle."
Daron Jalik Bolden was born 3/28/1992 . In 2010 his home of record was listed as Big Lake, Minnesota when he pled guilty to disorderly conduct but a trespass charge was dismissed. He was fined $128 and had to work out a deferred payment plan.
In 2011 he was convicted of minor drinking and his "grand total" of fines, including all those surcharges they hit you with, was $185. Bolden never did grow old enough to drink.
That same year, he was convicted of trespass but charges of giving a police officer false personal information was dismissed. Bolden was fined $128 but died still owing $78.
He was convicted in Ramsey County of giving an officer false personal info. He was sentenced to 30 days, 29 suspended, credit for one day served. He owed fines of $206. These were all paid up when he died.
In late 2011 he was charged, yet again, with giving false personal info to police. This was in Wright County, where the incident made an online police blotter, click here.
He was sentenced to a year in jail, but only had to serve 30 days. Furthermore, there was a long court record notation about how the time could be served.
(S)erve 15 days before 1.7.12 and doe second 15 days during spring break from school. All jail must be completed by 5.5.12. If defendant gets diploma or GED prior to 4.1.12 he does not have to serve the 2nd 15 day jail sentence. Make arrangements with WCSO to set jail start dates(.)
Bolden still owed $360 and it had been turned over to collections. This whole time, in every court record, his address was listed as Big Lake. I have to wonder "Why didn't you just STAY in Big Lake? Why did you venture into North Minneapolis where young men up to no good die in the street?"
It should be noted several media entities are reporting two men were "detained" or "in custody" after the shooting. However, I have searched the jail roster with a fine tooth comb. Though two men may have been "detained" that night, they weren't jailed. As well as I can tell, and whoever did this remains at large.