East Precinct detectives have charged Xavier Lavender, 24, with criminal homicide for Thursday night’s stabbing death of his grandmother inside their S. 10th Street home. Lavender has admitted to killing Gwendolyn Lavender, 68, who worked for the MNPD as a school crossing guard outside Kirkpatrick Elementary School.
Police say they responded to the Lavender home at 10 p.m. Thursday on a report of a home invasion-stabbing. Gwendolyn Lavender was found deceased in the living room. Xavier Lavender initially claimed that an unknown assailant was responsible and that he was hit in the head during the attack. He was taken to Skyline Medical Center to be checked out before being brought to the East Precinct for questioning. During the course of the interview, Lavender’s answers were inconsistent with evidence at the scene. He ultimately admitted to stabbing his grandmother over what he said were lingering issues between the two.
Xavier Lavender is being held in lieu of $800,000 bond.
Gwendolyn Lavender was hired by the MNPD as a school crossing guard in February 2018. Her colleagues knew her as “a very sweet lady” and “a great soul to be around.”
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