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With the publication of the victim's name, information is finally coming loose about Friday night's fatal shooting at 37th and Girard. One Northsider took pictures and shared on his photos on the popular North Vent Facebook forum, complaining that blood was still in the street and the photographer had personally witnessed three children walk by the graphic scene.
This kind of thing wouldn't happen in other neighborhoods, complained this Facebook reporter. The authorities would have the scene cleaned up. They wouldn't just leave a gory mess.
Word came later the street was plowed but, well...
Anyway, moving on to what I can unearth about the victim of this shooting. His name, according to the Star Tribune, was Geray C. Campbell, age 35, of St. Paul.
This information appears to match with a guy named Geray Christian Campbell, born 4/16/78, who has an impressive criminal rap sheet.
HOWEVER, though the age and name is the same, there's no St. Paul connection. That is troubling and makes me wonder if this is the same Geray C. Campbell, age 35.
Having expressed those doubts and a feeling that I have only confirmed to 89 percent certainty, here is what I was able to dig up, starting with a rap sheet...
Keep in mind not all of these charges may represent actual convictions.
27-CR-02-010420 CAMPBELL, GERAY CHRISTIAN 04/16/1978 02/07/2002 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed LOITER W/INT
27-CR-04-038275 CAMPBELL, GERAY CHRISTIAN 04/16/1978 06/14/2004 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Southdale Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed ASSAULT 5TH DEGREE (DOMESTIC)
27-CR-05-063063 CAMPBELL, GERAY CHRISTIAN 04/16/1978 09/30/2005 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Ridgedale Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed 4TH DEGREE DWI- ALCOHOL 4TH DEG DWI- ALC .08+ W/IN 2HRS DRIVING DRIVING AFTER SUSPENSION FAIL TO YIELD TO EMERGENCY VEHICLE SPEEDING
27-CR-06-057682 CAMPBELL, GERAY CHRISTIAN 04/16/1978 08/23/2006 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Brookdale Crim/Traf Mandatory Closed DISORDERLY CONDUCT THEFT
19-T4-07-033748 3 433663 CAMPBELL, GERAY CHRISTIAN 04/16/1978 08/29/2007 - Dakota-West St. Paul Non- Traffic Misdemeanor Under Court Jurisdiction Theft-Take/Use/Transfer Movable Prop-No Consent
66-CR-09-3632 NO09000992 CAMPBELL, GERAY CHRISTIAN 04/16/1978 10/30/2009 Rice Crim/Traf Mandatory Under Court Jurisdiction Ord-City Trespass Not applicable - GOC
66-CR-09-4133 CAMPBELL, GERAY CHRISTIAN 04/16/1978 12/21/2009 Rice Long, Christine Anne Crim/Traf Mandatory Reopened Assault-2nd Degree-Dangerous Weapon Not applicable - GOC Terroristic Threats-Reckless Disregard Risk Not applicable - GOC Obstruct Legal Process-Interfere w/Peace Officer Not applicable - GOC Disorderly Conduct-Offensive/Abusive/Noisy/Obscene Not applicable - GOC
66-CR-10-1730 CAMPBELL, GERAY CHRISTIAN 04/16/1978 06/09/2010 Rice Crim/Traf Mandatory Under Court Jurisdiction Traffic Regulation - Driver Fails to Yield Right of Way to Emergency Vehicle Traffic - DWI - Operate Motor Vehicle Under Influence of Alcohol Traffic - DWI - Operate Motor Vehicle - Alcohol Concentration 0.08 Within 2 Hours Traffic-Drivers License-Driving After Revocation
66-CR-10-1961 VJ 03756 VJ 03756 VJ 03756 CAMPBELL, GERAY CHRISTIAN 04/16/1978 06/30/2010 Rice Crim/Traf Mandatory Under Court Jurisdiction Traffic - DWI - Operate Motor Vehicle Under Influence of Alcohol Not applicable - GOC Traffic - DWI - Operate Motor Vehicle - Alcohol Concentration 0.08 Within 2 Hours Not applicable - GOC Traffic-Drivers License-Driving After Suspension Drugs - Possess/Sale Small Amount of Marijuana - No Remuneration Not applicable - GOC
66-CR-11-3402 CAMPBELL, GERAY CHRISTIAN 04/16/1978 12/15/2011 Rice Long, Christine Anne Crim/Traf Mandatory Reopened Domestic Assault-GM-Subsequent Violation Not applicable - GOC 27-CR-13-13802 271113000601 CAMPBELL, GERAY CHRISTIAAN 04/16/1978 05/02/2013 Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty Downtown Crim/Traf Mandatory Under Court Jurisdiction Public urination prohibited. It is unlawful to urinate or defecate on any public street, alley, side
That last charge I checked, just for the heck of it, to see if he was convicted.
Yup, he was convicted. Ironic how the last thing this guy did was leave bodily fluids in the street, because right now that's what people in North Minneapolis are talking about.
Ewww. All those bodily fluids. LEFT IN THE STREET.
The Star Tribune said Campbell was a resident of St. Paul. However, the criminal record shows his residence as New Hope, Minnesota. He has also been a resident of Minneapolis in the 55440 zip code.
Campbell has also been involved in a handful of civil cases, as follows:
66-CO-10-267 Stephanie Campbell-Ward, Geray Campbell vs Doreen Schmitz, Paul Schmitz 09/07/2010 Rice Conciliation Closed
66-CO-12-114 LAVERN J RIPPLEY vs Stephanie Campbell, Geray Campbell, Stephanie Kemp 03/16/2012 Rice Conciliation Closed 66-CV-12-1018 LAVERN J RIPPLEY vs Geray Campbell, Stephanie Campbell, Stephanie Kemp 04/09/2012 Rice Eviction (UD) Closed
66-CV-12-2036 Innovative Judgment Recovery Assignee of LAVERN J RIPPLEY vs Geray Campbell, Stephanie Campbell, Stephanie Kemp 07/18/2012 Rice Transcript Judgment Closed
27-FA-12-5569 In re the Marriage of Geray Christiaan Campbell vs Stephanie Alicia Campbell-Ward 07/24/2012 - Hennepin Family Madden, Mary E. Dissolution without Child Closed 27-FA-13-574 In re the Marriage of Geray Christiaan Campbell vs Stephanie Alicia Campbell-Ward 01/25/2013 - Hennepin Family Mulrooney, Timothy T. Dissolution without Child Closed
These are confusing, because it's clearly the same Geray Christian Campbell (the birthday is the same when I examine the docket) but four of the cases took place in Rice County.
The connection to Rice county is a woman named Stephanie Campbell-Ward, who divorced Geray in July of 2012. Both parties represented themselves pro se in the divorce, which took place in Hennepin County. The record shows it took two tries to make the divorce happen and it didn't finally happen until May of this year.
There is also a guy named Geray C. Campbell was survived a shooting in Chicago in August of this year, click here for article. HOWEVER, a press release about the same incident states Geray Campbell was 34 years old. Well, with a birthday in April, if it's the same Geray Campbell as the rap sheet he should be 35, not 34.
I was also emailed a photo, purportedly of Geray, which my source (known to me and assumed reliable) said came off the Facebook page of a cousin performing an "RIP" tribute.
Until I can get more information of better quality...
This is what I know for now.
As far as mere rumors...
Rumor is Garay is from Chicago. People in the neighborhood are assuming this was a beef of some kind, not a robbery. We are also waiting for the Star Tribune to write an article mentioning how this guy was "just starting to get his life together."