Minnesota man killed his ex-girlfriend days after they broke up, cops say

Source: Dakota County Jail; MEGA

Jun. 26 2021, Published 11:26 a.m. ET

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A Minnesota man killed his ex-girlfriend only days after they had broken up, according to authorities.

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He also threatened another ex-girlfriend before he was arrested, pounding on the walls of her apartment building while in possession of a gun, according to

Atravius Joseph Weeks, 32, was charged with second-degree murder in connection to the death of Cortney Henry, 29.

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Police found Henry’s body at around 2:40 a.m. June 22 in the parking lot of the New Horizon Academy, a daycare center in Lakeville, Minnesota.

Henry was shot seven times in the stomach, neck and leg, according to the criminal complaint obtained by

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Police first were called to the case around 1:15 a.m., 30 miles away in the town of Belle Plaine. Another ex-girlfriend called 911 because Weeks was allegedly pounding on the walls outside her apartment building, according to

She said Weeks had a gun and she believed she would die if Weeks got inside. During the 911 call, she said she received a message indicating Weeks had shot himself, according to the criminal complaint.

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Responding officers found Weeks’ silver Audi in the building’s parking lot. There was blood in the car, as well as a 9mm casing in the front passenger seat, reported.


Officers talked to Weeks on the phone, and he agreed to return to the parking lot. Officers found him a block away with injuries to his forehead.

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Weeks was carrying a Glock 9mm handgun but was arrested without incident, according to police.

While officers treated his wound and waited for medics to arrive, Weeks said, “I just killed my best friend,” the complaint obtained by states.

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Weeks told officers he shot Henry about an hour earlier outside the Lakeville daycare.

The ex-girlfriend who called 911 said Weeks told her on June 16 that he and Henry had broken up.

Weeks was treated at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis for a self-inflicted gunshot wound and then taken into custody.

Weeks is being held in the Dakota County Jail on $2 million bail.


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