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Thirty five-year-old Nicholas Kraus is charged with second-degree intentional murder and two counts of assault with dangerous weapon.

He drove his car into a crowd of protestors in uptown Minneapolis Sunday night. NBC News reports Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman described the attack as a “violent intentional act.”

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Woman mourning for Marie Knajdek outside attack site. CBS News

Protestors were at the corner of Lake Street and Girard Avenue in remembrance of shooting victim Winston Boogie Smith Jr. Smith was killed earlier this month by a U.S. Marshals Service task force during his arrest.

Kraus drove his car at the crowd originally hitting a parked car that, in turn, hit several people. Three were injured as a result and 31-year-old Deona Knajdek was killed according to KNSI Radio.

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Deona Knajdek was killed when Kraus rammed his SUV into the crowd. via

Dene Dryden reported for KNSI that Kraus was driving without a license after five previous DWI convictions.

His bond is set at $1 million and will appear in court Thursday, June 17. According to NBC News, Kraus is believed to have been intoxicated at the time of the attack.



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