Who was Trinity Ottoson-Smith? Minneapolis girl, 9, shot dead while jumping on trampoline

The person who shot Trinity was on a red four-door Ford vehicle is still at large


                            Who was Trinity Ottoson-Smith? Minneapolis girl, 9, shot dead while jumping on trampoline
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MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA: A nine-year-old Minneapolis girl died around two weeks after getting shot while she was jumping on a trampoline in Brooklyn Center, according to Minneapolis Police.

According to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, Trinity Rayne Ottoson-Smith died on Thursday, May 27 afternoon at the hospital from a gunshot wound on her head. Her death has been ruled as a homicide. On May 15, Trinity was shot while jumping on a trampoline with other children, according to a press release issued at the time. It was reported that the person who shot her was on a red four-door Ford vehicle that was driving in an alley toward the house where the children were playing and then fled the scene, according to the preliminary information provided in the release.

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Trinity Rayne Ottoson (GoFundMe)

Earlier this week, we reported an incident where a two-year-old girl was reported in a critical condition after she was shot accidentally by a bullet which was fired by her three year old brother, who. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd reported that the girl was in an “exceptionally critical condition.” Last month, we reported how seven-year-old Jaslyn Adams was shot several times at Chicago's McDonald's drive-thru. The incident happened when Adams went to her "favourite" McDonalds outlet with her father, 29, on 3200 West Roosevelt Road, near the intersection with South Kedzie Avenue, at 4:18 pm. Both of them were sitting inside the car when they "heard gunshots and felt pain."

Trinity was rushed to North Memorial Health Hospital where she remained in a critical condition for just under two weeks. "For the last 12 days, she fought for her life and today that fight ended," Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder said. "At 4:04 pm she was pronounced deceased at the hospital." He added: "Our officers who showed up at this scene with the nine-year-old girl critically injured with a gunshot to her head knowingly violated policy by picking this girl up, running her to the squad, and taking her to the hospital, doing what they could to save her life."

Trinity's mother, Nicole Ottoson created a GoFundMe fundraiser on May 18, 2021. In the funraiser description, she wrote: "My daughter Trinity is a beautiful, compassionate, kind and loving 9 year old. On Saturday (5/15/21), she was shot in the head while playing on a trampoline with friends in North Minneapolis. She did not deserve this. She has plans to change the world. She wants to be a teacher. She loves making Tik Toks, doing art, doing makeup, playing Roblox with her friends, playing with her siblings, going on adventures, riding her bike, playing soft ball and basketball and doing gymnastics. She has been my shadow. Everyone who knows Trinity loves her. We need all of the support, help and prayers that we can get."

On May 28, 2021, Nicole made an update saying, "Unfortunately, Trinity passed away yesterday afternoon. We will all miss her." The page has raised $57,971 when this article was last updated.