(Bismarck, ND) — North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley is speaking out about the violent death of 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson. Wrigley says that there is “no place in civil society for hateful violence.”
Shannon Brandt has admitted to striking Ellingson with his vehicle after a street dance and leaving the scene. Brandt says he hit the teen after the two had gotten into “a political argument” and he thought Ellingson was a “Republican extremist.”
Brandt has been charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death in Foster County. He posted bail of $50,000 earlier this week and as released from Stutsman County jail.
Police say Brant also admitted he’d been drinking before the incident. The crash remains under investigation.
A GoFundMe fundraiser has been setup for Ellingson’s family. As of early Friday morning it had raised over $42,000. View it here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/caylor-ellingson