Two teens shot and killed during break-in were cousins

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP/WVLT) -- School officials have identified two teenagers shot and killed in a home near Little Falls.

They say the victims were cousins, 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nicholas Brady.

64-year-old Byron David Smith, of Little Falls, is being held for second-degree murder and is likely to be charged Monday.

Kifer was a senior at Little Falls High School.

Brady was a student at Pillager High School.

The Star Tribune identified him after interviewing his principal.

Morrison County deputies went to Smith's house Friday on a suspicious activity call.

They say he confessed to shooting the teenagers a day earlier after they broke into his house.

Sheriff Michel Wetzel says investigators believe he exceeded self-defense.


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