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CARRINGTON, ND – During its homecoming game, the North Dakota high school where Cayler Ellingson recently graduated held a moment of silence in remembrance of the 18-year-old who was killed Sunday after a political row .
The moment of silence took place during Carrington High School’s homecoming football game on Friday night. Ellingson graduated from high school in 2022.
Ellingson was killed early Sunday morning in McHenry, North Dakota, after Shannon Brandt, 41, allegedly admitted to using her SUV to hit Ellingson, who later died at a local hospital.
According to an affidavit, Brandt told state first responder radio that he hit the pedestrian with an SUV because the “pedestrian was threatening him,” adding that he believed Ellingson was part of a ” Republican extremist group”.
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“Brandt said the pedestrian called some people and Brandt was afraid they would come looking for him,” the court document reads. “Brandt admitted on state radio that he punched the pedestrian and that the pedestrian was part of a Republican extremist group.”
North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind told Fox News Digital on Thursday that there was “no evidence” to support the claim.
“There is no evidence to support Brandt’s claim about Ellingson,” Niewind said. “This remains an active investigation and as the evidence is gathered and reviewed, we will consult with the Foster County State’s Attorney to determine if Brandt’s current charges will remain as currently charged or if additional charges will be brought against him.”
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Brandt was charged with criminal homicide while driving a vehicle, as well as leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death after the incident. He was being held in Stutsman County Jail until Tuesday when he posted $50,000 bond and was released.
The incident happened after a “street dance,” and court documents say Brandt initially fled the incident, only to return later and call 911 to report what happened.
The 18-year-old’s parents told police they knew Brandt, but their son did not.
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Police also attended Brandt’s Glenfield residence where he spoke to officers and “admitted to having consumed alcohol prior to the incident”, the affidavit states.
Brandt’s blood alcohol level was 0.08, a breath test later showed, according to the affidavit.
Fox News’ Stephanie Pagones and Louis Casiano contributed to this report.
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