Community Pays Tribute to Mpls. Teen Killed in Weekend Violence

Updated: 06/05/2014 3:33 PM By: Brandi Powell

Remembering a young life cut short.

Seventeen-year-old Nehemiah Steverson was shot to death over the weekend, and on Wednesday night friends and family gathered to pay tribute to him.

His mother, Angela Steverson, says she's tired of young black men getting killed by guns.

She calls Nehemiah her Biblical baby.

"In the Bible, Nehemiah went into the broken and ruined cities and built them back up," she said. "That's kind of what he did in my life, was build it back up."

With their faith in tact, this mother and father are trying their best to figure out the final moments of their son's life.

"The hardest part is trying to put together a puzzle when I don't have any pieces," she said.

Pieces that will reveal the truth about what happened early Sunday morning near the 1600 block of Newton Avenue North in Minneapolis. Police have said the incident was not gang related.

Police found Nehemiah Steverson shortly after 2 a.m. in the grass with a gunshot wound to his stomach.

"Step up," Nehemiah's father, Randy Donnerson, said. "If anybody knows anything, step up and do the right thing because this shouldn't have happened to my son. He was a good kid."

A good kid who loved being a kid. The 17-year-old is described as a jokester.

"Prom was epic for Nehemiah this year," his mom said.  "He picked out one suit and he didn't like it, so he switched to another suit, and he said, 'Mom, I'm going to be the cleanest one at the prom; I'm going to outshine the seniors.'"

Nehemiah's light will continue to shine.

"Losing their lives over gun violence, you know, and it's just so tragic because that was my only son and my baby," Angela Steverson said. "He was the last of my three children, and to know my hopes of seeing him graduate next year are gone."

After the vigil, police had to use chemical agents to break up a disturbance. No one was hurt or arrested.

No one has been arrested in the murder case, and police need help. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the TIPS Line at 612-692-8477.

Donations to help pay for funeral costs can be made to any BMO Harris Bank; the account is the "MAD DADS F.B.O. Nehemiah."