Reported by Twincities.com
A memorial with smiling photos, red and white roses and messages scribbled in English and Spanish rested against a budding tree Sunday, May 12, on the Minneapolis corner where Ivan Romero was killed last week.
The 23-year-old Minneapolis man’s Yamaha motorcycle collided Friday with a Minneapolis police squad car en route to an incident about 10 blocks west in which two officers were shot and a suspect killed.
On Sunday, about 40 people gathered in the sun and about 25 motorcycles were lined in the shade at the corner of Blaisdell Avenue South and West 26th Street. Solemn faces were shown by women grasping children and men in leather motorcycle jackets.
Romero’s uncle Olegario Romero Flores said the family is seeking answers from police about what led to his nephew’s death.
“We are here because we want justice,” Flores said through translation from Romero’s friend Jesus Ramon.
Minneapolis police chief Janee Harteau said Saturday that the department is sharing information as quickly as possible.
“I ask for the public’s patience in allowing us the necessary time to thoroughly review and investigate,” Harteau said in a statement. “We owe it to everyone involved and the general public to be thorough and disclose the facts as we get them, and not simply respond to speculation.”
Minneapolis police said the squad car was traveling “well below the posted speed limit as it approached the intersection at the time of impact.” Police said Romero’s motorcycle collided with the rear passenger side of the squad car, which had its red lights and siren activated.
When asked to provide a timeline of the incident on Bryant Avenue and the motorcycle accident later, police spokeswoman Cyndi Barrington declined, citing the investigation.
“There are no benefits to anyone, specifically all those involved and impacted, to give information without supporting facts and evidence,” she said.
Earlier Sunday, Ramon and other friends rode to Stillwater to honor Romero and said his biker buddies will work to raise money for his family.
“We want to help his family because we know they need it,” Ramon said.
Romero’s passenger was his live-in girlfriend, Joselyn Torrejon, 20. She was in satisfactory condition Saturday at Hennepin County Medical Center, police said. The driver of the squad car was uninjured, police said.
Romero moved to Minnesota from Morales, Mexico, about eight years ago, family and friends said Sunday. He worked at the Franklin Street Bakery for the past two years, they said.
Romero loved the freedom of going on three- or four-hour rides on his motorcycle, Ramon said.
Also Sunday, the Hennepin County medical examiner officially released the identity of the burglary suspect killed in a struggle with two police officers in the 2700 block of Bryant Avenue South.
Terrance Terrell Franklin, 22, died of gunshot wounds, according to the medical examiner.
Two officers, Michael Meath and Ricardo Muro, shot during a struggle with Franklin were in satisfactory condition Saturday, Minneapolis police said.
At some point during the struggle, which took place in the basement of a home, Franklin tried to gain control of an officer’s firearm, an MP5 submachine gun, police said.
It has not been determined who fired the gun or how many times it was fired, police said.