Brandon Salter, 27, one of Curt's Cafe's first graduates, was shot and killed in Minneapolis last week while trying to protect his sister from an abusive boyfriend.
"We are heartbroken to share the loss of one of our early graduate students," said Curt's Cafe executive director Susan Trieschman. "Brandon had a smile and energy that could light the room. He also had love and dreams that were big and beautiful. Our arms are around Brandon’s Mother and family. We have lost an amazing young man."
Annie Washington, Brandon's mother, who has set up a GoFundMe to help pay for his funeral and to create a savings account for his daughter, said, "Brandon was protective of all of the women in his life, but his ultimate dedication was to protecting and providing for his three-year-old daughter. He worked two jobs, from early-morning shift to late-night closing shift in order to provide a quality life for her."
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