Three women killed locally by domestic violence in 2019

Violence Free Minnesota has published a list of men and women who were killed as a result of intimate partner violence during 2019.

Three women in the area lost their lives to this type of violence last year.

Forty-one-year-old Gennie Marie Kingbird of Ponemah died in the Red Lake Hospital Jan. 6, 2019, after her husband, Jeremiah Kingbird, told police he was intoxicated the night before, beat up Gennie and left her on a back road near Ponemah.

Gennie is survived by her five children, and Jeremiah Kingbird is currently in federal custody.

Thirty-seven-year-old Candi Cheryl Goochey and 40-year-old Heidi Eve Krotzer Pierce, both of Nevis, were killed by their brother in law, Bryce Bellomo, after an argument about the divorce between Bellomo and Candi and Heidi’s sister Feb. 14, 2019.

Bellomo fired shots outside of a daycare operated by his mother, killing Heidi, then fled in Heidi’s vehicle, leading police on a twenty minute chase.

Candi was still in the vehicle and was found dead from a gunshot wound in the back seat of the vehicle.

A Hubbard County deputy was injured in the gunfire exchange with Bellomo, who later killed himself in the driver’s seat.

These Minnesotans, and 17 others, will be honored today during a ceremony in St. Paul, with Violence Free Minnesota’s Clothesline Project

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Gennie Kingbird, killed Jan. 6, 2019. Photo courtesy of Violence Free Minnesota.

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Candi Goochey, killed Feb. 14, 2019. Photo courtesy of Violence Free Minnesota.

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Heidi Krotzer-Pierce, killed Feb. 14, 2019. Photo courtesy of Violence Free Minnesota.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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