Sheriff Kevin Bygd said in a news release that the victims are Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, female, 30, of Stillwater; Matthew Isiah Pettus, male, 26, of Saint Paul; Loyace Foreman III, male, 35, of Saint Paul; and Jasmine Christine Sturm, female, 30, of Saint Paul.
You can see photos of each victim and more details about them later in this article.
“Autopsies were performed on all four victims on Monday by Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office and the preliminary examination shows that all four victims died from gunshot wounds,” he wrote.
In a press conference, when asked about the motive, Bygd said, “That one is a mystery.” He said it’s not yet clear whether the victims were shot and killed in Dunn County or elsewhere. He would not say where in the vehicle they were found. “We can’t find any connection to this area, other than possibly randomly driving out of the Twin Cities,” he said.
The sheriff said two victims were brother and sister and one was a boyfriend of another victim. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that Sturm and Pettus were siblings and that Foreman was Sturm’s boyfriend, while Flug-Presley was Sturm’s “lifelong friend.”
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The Bodies Were Found in an Abandoned SUV Driven Into a Cornfield
Damone Presley, the father of Flug-Presley, told the Pioneer Press the friends “were hanging out on Saturday night at a St. Paul bar, and they got in someone’s vehicle when they left.”
“Why would this happen?” he told the newspaper. “It just doesn’t make sense.”
In a news release, authorities gave additional details of the homicides. No suspect has been identified.
On September 12, 2021, at about 2:18 p.m., the Dunn County Emergency Communications Center “received a 911 call reporting a death in the Town of Sheridan in northern Dunn County,” according to the news release. “The Sheriff’s Office is investigating a 4 victim homicide. The victims do not appear to have any connection to the area. The victims were found in an abandoned black SUV that was driven into a standing corn field off of a rural road in Sheridan township.
“Please contact the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office at 715-232-1348 if you have information that might be related to this incident or may have seen a black SUV with Minnesota plates in that area. There may have been a second dark colored SUV traveling with the black SUV that may be related.”
Authorities added, “As we have learned more throughout our investigation, we do not believe there to be present danger to the public in the area.”
The sheriff said he believed the victims were killed within 24 hours of when they were found. He said a “farmer in the area” found the victims. He said authorities don’t believe the suspects are from the area, so they probably left in a vehicle.
Loyace Foreman III
Loyace Foreman III left behind small children. A woman named Marquesha Patrice wrote on Facebook, “I never thought I would have to have this conversation with our boys….😭😭 Fly high Loyace PulzeRazr Foreman III…We love you Dad 💔”
You can find a GoFundMe page for him here.
On Facebook, he wrote that he “worked at Pharxmy Apparel. Studied Engineering Operations at Summit Academy OIC. Lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota,” and was from Chicago. He said he was in a relationship and was a heavy equipment operator at Ratner Steel & Supply Co.
Jessica Foreman wrote on Facebook, “My heart is broken. My soul is injured. My Spirit is resting in His shadow. See you in the morning son. RIP Loyace PulzeRazr Foreman III.” She told the Pioneer Press, “He was a devoted father to two amazing sons. He was a doting uncle to his four nieces and nephews. He was the protector of his three sisters. He was not perfect and we loved him unconditionally. He left an unfillable void.”
He had a criminal history in Hennepin County, Minnesota, where he was accused over the years of offenses including shoplifting, forgery, loitering with narcotics, possessing a pistol, fleeing an officer, multiple counts of burglary and multiple traffic violations.
Jasmine Christine Sturm
Jasmine Christine Sturm wrote on Facebook that she was a “Legal Administrative Assistant at Fields Law Firm,” who lived in and was from Saint Paul, Minnesota. She said she was in a relationship. Her cover photo was a graphic that read, “Cops aren’t supposed to kill guilty people, either.”
On September 9, 2021, she wrote, “First day of 5th grade for my son today! I had to leave for work before he got on the bus plus he hates pictures anyway lol BUT he looked great and he was excited to see his friends. I can’t believe my boy is going to be in middle school next year 😩 where does the time go??!”
A man wrote, “Damn rip Loyace PulzeRazr Foreman III and jasmine christine…..sh*ts crazy.”
Her record in Hennepin County consisted only of traffic offenses.
Matthew Pettus went by Matt Pettus on Facebook, where he wrote that he was single and from Saint Paul, Minnesota. His top post on Facebook declared that he was in a relationship, and his cover photo shows him with a small child that, a person who said she’s the child’s grandmother told Heavy, is his daughter.
Two years ago, a friend joked on his page, “‘Dude im stone he stone she stone were all stoned’ 😂😂🤣” Pettus responded, “every day my guy.”
A friend wrote on Facebook after his death, “Never Matt Pettus just checked out like that… we were just together when I was in Minnesota got me make wanna break down.” But the friend also wrote, “I remember We sneak off Job corps campus to smoke… we got high as hell that day right next to the zoo by the wolfs Cage.”
“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of these victims. I wish we could release more details of our investigation but we have to balance the public’s desire to know the details with running the risk of harming our investigation and losing evidence for building a good homicide case,” Bygd said.
Pettus’ criminal history in Hennepin County consisted of traffic offenses and a DUI. In 2017, he was convicted of misdemeanor domestic assault.
Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley
Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley went by the name Nitosha Presley on Facebook. “MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES AND PRAYERS TO THE ENTIRE PRESLEY FAMILY FOR THE LOSS OF THEIR BELOVED Nitosha Presley MAY SHE REST IN GOD ETERNAL PEACE,” a friend wrote on Facebook.
Another friend wrote, “Completely crushed today with so much pain and anger I cannot even comprehend you were my sister and one closest friends to me when we were growing up a bond that was always there you did not deserve to go out like this and I pray that the mf who did this burn in hell for eternity I love you my beautiful sister till we meet again save a spot for me in heaven cuz I know that’s we’re you will be Nitosha Presley.”
Presley’s most recent public post came in 2020. She frequently posted pictures of two small children.
No criminal history came up for Presley.