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Man, 24, arrested after Montevideo, Minn., teen stabbed to death

A teenager from Montevideo was killed Friday evening, stabbed multiple times by a man with whom she worked at the Pizza Ranch restaurant in Montevideo.

Vinessa Lozano, 18, died at the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital. Police said she suffered more than 30 knife wounds in the attack, which occurred in the parking lot outside the restaurant.

The suspect, Darek Jon Nelson, 24, of Montevideo, is being held in jail in Granite Falls. He is expected to appear in court this week to face formal charges.

Montevideo Police said they were called to the restaurant at around 8:45 p.m. Friday to investigate a reported stabbing. The officer who arrived first at the scene saw the victim lying on the ground and the suspect standing over her with a knife. The suspect, later identified as Nelson, was ordered at gunpoint to drop the knife, which he did, police said.

Lozano and Nelson both worked at the pizza restaurant but were not dating each other, according to police.

Lozano's mother, Robin Savoy, told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis that her daughter had befriended Nelson and that he allegedly became obsessed, seeing the friendship as something more.

The attack occurred after the restaurant closed for the evening and Lozano was walking to her car.

According to her Facebook profile, she graduated from Montevideo High School in 2011 and was a student at Minnesota West Technical College. She had a 1-year-old son. Funeral arrangements with Wing-Bain Funeral Home in Montevideo are pending.

Because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday today, Nelson likely will not make his first court appearance until at least Tuesday.

Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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