Memorial fund honors fall victim and Southwest High student

Southwest High School junior Blake Fannin died in an accidental fall Aug. 23, and a memorial fund has raised more than $11,000 to provide basketball scholarships in honor of the student.

Fannin was climbing an old fire escape at 2501 Girard Ave. S. when the ladder fell backwards, according to Minnesota Public Radio. A Fire Department report said he fell three stories and was unconscious and breathing when officials arrived shortly after midnight.

Fannin played basketball with Minnesota Developmental Basketball.

“Blake was passionate about having anyone who wanted to play, actually be able to play,” states the memorial fund website. “He lobbied for one of these leagues to allow less fortunate to play without the fees.”

City spokesman Matt Lindstrom said owner-occupied buildings like 2501 Girard are not subject to city inspection unless one of the units is rented out.

“Because this is a condo building, any updates, repairs, and response to maintenance issues are up to the association,” he said.

Robberies reported on Midtown Greenway

 The Midtown Greenway Coalition is spreading the word about three robberies between Aug. 29 and Sept. 1 on the Greenway, all around 11 p.m. near Cedar and Bloomington.

Groups of two or three men committed the robberies, according to the Coalition, and in one incident men knocked a victim off of his bicycle and assaulted the cyclist with a stun gun. Suspect descriptions are available at

The Coalition noted that overall crime is low on the Greenway, typically two-three robberies per year out of 1 million total trips.

Police also continue to investigate a spate of assaults against Minneapolis cyclists that occurred in late July and early August.

“…Investigators are continuing to work hard, following up on leads, and hopefully we will resolve this crime,” said 5th Precinct Insp. Todd Loining.