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Forum News Service, Published September 09 2013

Second victim dies in Granite Falls, Minn., shooting

WILLMAR, Minn. - A second victim has died following a shooting at a Granite Falls home early on the morning of Labor Day.

KARE 11 TV reported Sunday that Christopher Panitzke, 28, of Redwood Falls, died at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, where he was hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds.

Panitzke's family wrote on his CaringBridge site that his condition had deteriorated over the past 24 hours and he died at about 2:15 p.m. Sunday.

The shooting also claimed the life of Kara Monson, 26, of Granite Falls. Her funeral is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Granite Falls Lutheran Church.

The man sought in what has now become a double homicide apparently remains at large.

Authorities had no new information to report over the weekend in the search for Andrew Dikken, 28, of Granite Falls, formerly of Renville.

Authorities have described Dikken as a "person of interest," but Granite Falls Police Chief Russ Blue said in an interview Friday that Dikken "took someone's life and gravely injured another" and has to be considered a danger to the public.

After a week of searching that included combing through woodlands and tall grass along the Minnesota River, Dikken has not been found. His abandoned pickup truck was discovered Wednesday in a gravel pit off a rural road south of Sacred Heart.

Family and friends last week launched a fund drive for Panitzke's medical expenses and also to benefit his daughter. The fundraiser is still active at www.giveforward.com and is linked here.

According to the obituary for Monson, an education fund for her daughter has been set up at Granite Falls Bank.

A post on the "R.I.P. Kara" page launched by family and friends on Facebook says that the Yellow Medicine East Class of 1999 also has opened an account to benefit Monson's daughter at Citizens Alliance Bank in Granite Falls.