15-year-old star athlete, honor-roll student dies in Minneapolis shooting

A GoFundMe started for the boy’s family identified the student by his full name of Deshaun Hill Jr., a star athlete and honor-roll student. 

15-year-old Deshaun Hill Jr. was a sophomore at North High School. (GoFundMe)

A 15-year-old North High School student who was shot Wednesday afternoon in Minneapolis has died, according to the school.

“Dear Polar Nation. We have lost our beloved D. Hill,” the high school said on Facebook Thursday night.

A GoFundMe started for the boy’s family identified the student by his full name of Deshaun Hill Jr., a star athlete and honor-roll student.

“Deshaun is an amazing son, brother and friend who touched the lives of everyone he had met with his infectious smile and humble personality. This is not the story of a kid getting caught up in the streets, quite the contrary. Deshaun is an honor roll student, what many have described as a ‘perfect’ kid. He is the heart of the North community, a representation of what could be, what should be,” the fundraiser states.

Hill was shot around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday on the 1900 block of Penn Avenue North. Police have not released any additional information about the shooting.

Trent Witz, the director of basketball operations at North High School, said “gun violence is the real pandemic” in response to Hill’s death.

“We cannot begin to express the sadness we feel as a result of this devastating loss. This bright young man had everything to live for and a promising future ahead of him,” Superintendent Ed Graff said in a statement released Thursday night.

“The gun violence in our community has to stop,” he added. “Our youth deserve to feel and be safe.”