The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office has identified the 16-year-old boy who was killed Monday in a shooting on the Fond du Lac Reservation as Joseph James Peterson.
Peterson was from Cloquet, on the Fond du Lac Reservation, according to the sheriff's office.
"Joe was very funny, loving and kind," reads his obituary posted to Red Lake Nation News. "He was always hungry, rapping and generous. Joe loved to dance, and was known by his close friends and family as a 'Flex God.' He was always telling everyone that he loved them and always gave big hugs whenever anyone saw him. Joe always said his friends are his brothers. He will be remembered by everyone and missed dearly. Joe loved his family very much, especially his great-grandmother, Patricia."
Law enforcement responded to a 911 call on the Fond du Lac Reservation in St. Louis County around 1:30 a.m. Monday and found Peterson dead in the back seat of a truck.
As of Thursday morning, law enforcement had not yet located the suspect, Joseph James Fohrenkam, who's been charged with second-degree manslaughter. The St. Louis County Attorney's Office signed a warrant for his arrest Tuesday.
Fohrenkam and Peterson knew each other, according to the criminal complaint. Three other witnesses were present in the truck at the time of the shooting.
The witnesses told law enforcement the group was drinking alcohol while sitting in the parked truck when Fohrenkam began "showing off" his pistol and pointing it at those in the truck. One witness told law enforcement there were no arguments or disagreements prior to the firearm going off and suggested it was an accident.
The sheriff's office is investigating the shooting as a homicide.