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Associated Press, Published June 15 2012

Minneapolis police investigate homicide of 76-year-old woman

MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis police are investigating the homicide of a 76-year-old woman who fought for peace, made community gardens a mission and shrugged off friends' advice to move from her neighborhood.

Police found Lois Swenson dead in her bedroom about noon Wednesday after friends reported they hadn't heard from her. Few details have been released but the medical examiner has ruled her death a homicide.

The Star Tribune reports Swenson taught sixth grade in Robbinsdale and took leaves to travel the world, learning how people lived in Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Mexico and Central America. She immersed herself in social justice, peace and environmental issues.

Jane Johnson says her longtime friend was nonviolent and always giving unconditional love.

Swenson grew up on a farm near Arena, Wis.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.