The Minnesota Coalition For Battered Women released a press release today announcing that they will be honoring St. James shooting victims this week by displaying a “Live Free Without Violence” flag this week.

The Minnesota Coalition For Battered Women released a press release today announcing that they will be honoring St. James shooting victims this week by displaying a  “Live Free Without Violence” flag this week.

The coalition released the following press release.


Saint Paul, MN – Advocates working to end domestic violence in Minnesota will display a blue “Live Free Without Violence” flag this week to honor the lives of Dwayne Hawkins, Joyce Engelbrecht, and Rachel Linder. Hundreds of organizations and agencies around the state of Minnesota will participate in the campaign spearheaded by the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women. Dwayne, Joyce, and Rachel are the fifth, sixth, and seventh victims of domestic violence in Minnesota this year. Dwayne Hawkins, 29, was shot and killed by Willie B. Brown, Jr., 35, on April 26, 2018, in Minneapolis. Dwayne’s body was found by police officers responding to gunshots, and he was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Two days prior, on April 24, Brown had propositioned a woman at a home close to where Dwayne’s body was found. Witnesses said an argument ensued after the proposition between the woman’s relatives and Brown, before he left the scene. Brown returned to the home on the night of April 25/early morning April 26, to confront the woman’s relatives. Dwayne then arrived and attempted to diffuse the situation. Shortly after this, Dwayne and Brown left in the same vehicle Dwayne arrived in. This vehicle was later found abandoned and with blood in the interior. While officers were investigating the shooting where Dwayne’s body was found, they were dispatched to a shooting at the woman’s residence where the argument occurred. The woman, who was propositioned by Brown days earlier, told police she saw him driving the since abandoned vehicle and firing multiple shots at her home. Not long after this, Brown was located and arrested. He has been charged with second degree murder. “Domestic violence affects communities in many ways,” said Liz Richards, executive director of the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women. “Bystanders and family members are often impacted in tragic events caused by domestic violence.” On June 16, 2018, Scott Engelbrecht, 59, shot and killed his wife, Joyce Engelbrecht, 67, and her daughter, Rachel Linder, 43, in St. James. Police responded to a report that someone was shot at the home of Scott and Joyce on the evening of June 16. Once they arrived, they found Scott in the front yard with a .22 caliber rifle. He quickly surrendered to police and admitted to the shooting. Inside the home, officers found Joyce with a gunshot wound to her head, but still breathing and alert. She was transferred to a local hospital and died the next day Rachel Linder was found dead from a gunshot would two houses down from the Engelbrecht’s. Linder’s son, told police he was eating dinner at the Engelbrecht’s home when he heard a loud sound and his mother yell that Scott had killed Joyce. Linder’s son told her to run before locking himself in the bathroom. It is believed that Scott then followed Linder two houses down, and shot and killed her. Scott Engelbrecht has been charged with two counts of second degree murder.


Memorial Gathering

Asides from the coalitions efforts there will be for sure another celebration this week which will take place on Sunday in St. James.

According to a Go Fund Me page made to help raise money for funeral costs their will be a  memorial gathering  to celebrate their lives on Sunday June 24th, 2018 at Jakes Pizza in St. James from 11am until 4 p.m.

The Plaindealer will continue to provide updates as they become available.