The family of St. Paul’s 40th homicide victim, a new city record, said he was “robbed and shot” on his way home from work.
The family identified the victim as 22-year-old Alex Becker, a “gentle young man” who was “taken from his family not more than 25 days after his grandfather passed,” according to a fundraiser started by a relative.
“Alex was a gentle, young man who spent his free time playing video games with his younger brothers, watching movies with his sister, and helping his friends and parents in any way he could. Never a mean word to say about anyone, he truly tried to see the good in everyone,” the family said.
Becker was killed just before midnight Tuesday and was found by police in an alleyway on the 500 block of Lawson Avenue West. Fire medics responded and pronounced him dead at the scene. Police indicated he had multiple gunshot injuries.
“On his way home from work, where he was recently promoted, he was attacked. He was robbed and shot outside his home only a few feet from his door and his mother,” the family said.
His mother, Tara, said on Facebook that her son was robbed of his cellphone and “a couple of bucks.”
“I don’t have anything eloquent to say. I’m devastated,” she wrote on Facebook. “No one has ever had a more loving, beautiful child. I don’t know what I am going to do without you.”
Police continue to investigate the incident and have not confirmed any of the details. No suspects had been arrested as of Friday night.
Police said anyone with information regarding the murder should call investigators at 651-266-5650.
Becker’s death was the 40th homicide this year in St. Paul, which is a new city record. This is the second consecutive year of record homicides in Minnesota’s capital city.