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Hearts gather to remember O'Shaughnessy

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Friends of O'Shaughnessy family gathered Tuesday night at the Harbor Bar in Hager City to remember Jonathan. Kit Murray / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 3
A collage of Jonathan and his family on display at the candlelight vigil. 3 / 3

On July 3, everything changed for the O'Shaughnessy family. Jonathan O'Shaughnessy, 24, was killed outside his home in Richfield at 64th St. and Fourth Ave. Police reports state that someone had been shot in what was described as a "drive-by-style shooting."

Every Sunday, Jonathan and his mother would go out for breakfast. After enjoying their meal together, they would flip a coin to see who would pay. The person who won didn't pay for the meal in front of them, instead they paid it forward, by choosing someone who they felt needed it most.

“He was a very happy person, very respectful of others,” said Glen Witham, a family friend.

On Tuesday night, Aug. 1, loved ones gathered to remember and honor Jonathan at the Harbor Bar in Hager City, Wis., where he worked.

"Jonathan's life was unfortunately cut very short by this crime and we're very much in pain and shock," Diane Peterson, a family friend said, on behalf of the O'Shaughnessy family.

Despite emergency response July 3 by Richfield police and fire personnel and Hennepin County paramedics, O'Shaughnessy was announced dead at the scene.

The candlelight vigil was part of A Night to Unite, an annual community and police event, with a coinciding event in Richfield during the same time.

"Today we come together to carry on for Johnny," said Glen Witham, while reading a letter from the O'Shaughnessy family. "Buy somebody breakfast and think of him. I promise it will make a difference in your life and theirs. Never forget him. We need to stand together and demand justice for Johnny."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Richfield police at 612-861-9898.

Kit Murray

Kit Murray joined Red Wing Republican Eagle in Aug. 2016, covering government, transportation and public safety. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in photojournalism and philosophy. 

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