Car Linked To Slain Teens Also Contained Stolen Prescription Drugs

Thursday, November 29th, 2012 at 7:12 am

A car linked to two Minnesota teens who were fatally shot during an alleged home burglary on Thanksgiving Day contained prescription drugs that had been stolen from another house, authorities said Wednesday.

Nicholas Brady, 17, and his cousin, Haile Kifer, 18, were killed in the Little Falls home of Byron Smith, who has since been charged with murder. Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel said Smith told authorities he shot the teens multiple times after they broke into his house.

Wetzel said Wednesday that on the night before the shootings, a homeowner just outside Little Falls reported a suspicious car was parked near the end of his driveway. Officers responded, and contacted Brady, who said he had ran out of gas. Authorities seized a similar vehicle after the shootings and searched it. They found six prescription drug bottles that they now believe were stolen in another break-in.

The Associated Press reports those prescriptions were for drugs that treat diabetes and control cholesterol.

A joint funeral for the teens will be held Saturday in Little Falls. Online obituaries say Brady was a junior at Pillager High School and enjoined wrestling, taekwondo and working on cars.

Kifer, who attended school as a senior in Little Falls, worked several part-time jobs and was active in gymnastics, diving, softball and cross country.

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