Funeral held for Grand Forks teenager killed in shooting

Published: Jan. 31, 2020 at 6:33 PM CST
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A teenager whose life was

as someone with a huge heart.

Jonah Borth's friends and family crowded the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Grand Forks to say their final goodbyes.

“He participated in pretty much everything and always answered the teacher's questions and stuff, and talked to everyone,” Erika Painter, a freshman at Red River High School, said.

It was a day his friends said they never planned for.

“He was just a great guy, he was always fun to be around. You know in class when you talked to him, he was pretty funny,” Jaden Rustad, another student at Red River, said.

Borth, 15, died Sunday, 25 miles west of Grand Forks in the town of Northwood.

A freshman at Red River High School, friends and family said Borth was active in his church, the orchestra, theater, and sang in several choirs.

“At first I didn't believe it, [because] I just, like, it was a prank or something,” Hamza Hussein, another high school student, said. “You never think it's going to happen to someone you know. I just had no words.”

Another freshman Cade Wigesterand added, “he was always happy, never really mad or hated on anyone. I just really liked him. He was a good friend.”

Police arrested Samantha Wilson, 32, Sunday charging her with the teenager's murder.

According to court documents, Wilson fired one round into Borth's upper chest, killing him at the scene.

His father was inside the Northwood home at the time of the incident.

At Borth's funeral service, the pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church spoke of Borth’s dedication to his Christian faith.

“If you knew Jonah, you knew the love he had for his family,” Rev. Daniel Voth said.

It was a love returned by everyone who came out Friday to mourn Borth’s death as investigators work to piece together a motive in the killing.

Samantha Wilson is being held on a $250,000 bond. Her next court date is scheduled for March 2nd.

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