Kobe Dimock-Heisler

Close-up outdoor photo of a young man with wavy brown hair, smiling for the camera.Name: Kobe Edgar Dimock-Heisler.
Died: August 31, 2019.
Age at death: 21.
Cause of death: Police shooting.
Location: Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA.

From Kobe’s obituary:
Extremely kindhearted and generous, Kobe was loved and adored by everyone who knew him. An avid horticulturalist, Kobe began cultivating and propagating lilies at the age of 4. He crosspollinated two lily strains and created a new one. He cared for his succulents and other plants often grafting, rooting, and propagating new plants. Kobe enjoyed traveling with his family and was especially close to his sister and cousins. He was greatly admired by the youth in the community. He was a parade tricyclist, often riding his unique bike in public parades like Mayday or community events like Open Streets. He also enjoyed bicycle camping, twice riding with his father on the North Shore on a bike trip to Canada. Kobe, a professionally trained chef, enjoyed feeding people and making great meals for family. He also created and sewed stuffed animals that he shared with the children he knew. He understood so much that to list his interests would take a library catalog. His understanding of many things was encyclopedic. This knowledge he would share with everyone he met.

Kobe had depression and had been hospitalized after stabbing himself, and again after nearly jumping off a bridge. The psych ward didn’t help much, but he was eventually released to live with his grandparents. There, he cooked and did chores and cared for his grandmother, who uses a wheelchair.

Kobe was arguing with his grandfather and looked to be having another crisis; so his grandfather called 911 for help. But by the time the police were on their way, his grandfather was telling the operator that it looked like Kobe would be okay, that he was calming down. But that ended when police arrived and, because Kobe was holding a knife, shot him to death.

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