Deanna Casale of Fridley is collecting silent-auction items and helping spread the word about a fundraiser for the child of a St. Paul woman who prosecutors say died in domestic assault early this month.
Prosecutors in Ramsey County have charged Steven Roger Johnson, 34, with the Jan. 6 murder of his wife, Manya Twite Johnson, 32, at their home in St. Paul, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The victim's son, Oliver, was 17 months old at the time of his mother's death, the newspaper reported.
"It’s just heartbreaking," Casale said Friday. Casale said by email that she has two daughters who knew Manya Twite Johnson through their jobs: one worked with Johnson at Target and the other works at Oliver's daycare.
You can donate items for the event's silent auction by sending them to Deanna Casale, 4642 Third St. NE, Fridley, MN 55421.
- Manya Twite Johnson Benefit for Oliver event listing at Fridley Patch
News media reports
The St. Paul Pioneer Press has reported on Manya Twite Johnson's violent death and the grisly aftermath that investigators allege:
City Pages delved into Steven Roger Johnson's 1996 conviction for rape in Coon Rapids: