A mourning family is hoping for justice after a 23-year-old man was charged with murder in connection with a fatal stabbing outside a Minneapolis bar.
Chrishaun McDonald is facing a second-degree murder charge in connection with the death of 47-year-old Dean Schmitz.
According to the criminal complaint, Schmitz came out of Schooner’s Tavern at about 12:30 on Sunday morning to have a cigarette with a group of people, but then that group got into a fight with another group across the street after a woman threw a glass in McDonald’s face.
Witnesses told police Schmitz was trying to pull people off a woman on the ground when he held his hand to his shirt and said, “You stabbed me.”
According to another witness, McDonald then said, “Yes, I did.”
On Tuesday, the Schmitz family spoke with FOX 9 News about a man they now miss and say was always supportive no matter what and never left without saying, “I love you and be safe.”
“He always used to go out of his way to help people,” said Schmitz’s son, Jeremy Williams. “He would give the shirt off his back to help people. He was, overall, a great person.”
“He was there for us when we needed him and definitely didn’t deserve what happened to him,” said Jesse Williams, Schmitz’s son. “He was just trying to help someone.”
“He was a great guy. He definitely didn’t deserve what happened to him,” said Josh Williams, Schmitz’s son. “I loved him very much. He’ll always be with me. He was my best friend.”
McDonald’s version of the event is much different, and he told police that after the fight, Schmitz ran after him. McDonald said he took a pair of scissors out of a bag to scare him off, but Schmitz ran into the scissors.
Schmitz’s ex-wife, Tammy Williams, said she doesn’t buy that story.
“Whoever did this left my kids without a father, and to me, that’s devastating,” she said. “It will be for the rest of my life.”
McDonald is being held at the Hennepin County Jail with bail set at $500,000. Police have not released his picture as witnesses continue to identify him.
A fund has been set up to help with costs related to the service and to help the boys. Donations can be made to the Dean A. Schmitz Donation Trust at any Wells Fargo location.
A funeral for Schmitz will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. with visitation one hour before the service at Washburn-McReavy Nokomis Park Chapel, located at 1383 East Minnehaha Parkway.
A memorial is also scheduled from 5 p.m. to midnight at the Wold Chamberlin American Legion Post 99, and donations for the fund will be accepted there. The address can be found below:
Wold Chamberlain American Legion Post 99
5600 34th Ave S.