Louis Oberg drove past the scene of his friend's death Thursday afternoon, but he didn't know until later what had happened.
Oberg, who has been friends with Cody Casey they were in first grade, saw the police cars and yellow tape and the fallen bicycle at the corner of Shannon Parkway and Dodd Boulevard and figured someone had been hit by a car. It wasn't until dinnertime, when a friend called to see if he'd heard the news, that he knew his friend was dead.
"It was a shocker," Oberg said. "Growing up with someone and all of a sudden them dying is hard to accept."
Casey, a 17-year-old senior at Rosemount High School, was stabbed several times during an altercation Thursday afternoon in the yard of a Rosemount home. He died later at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
Oberg remembers Casey as "a cool guy." Growing up, they would stick up for each other when one or the other was getting picked on. Casey wasn't into sports, but he was a lot of fun to hang out with, Oberg said.
"Everyone would just go to his house and chill," he said. "He was a good guy.
"He didn't deserve this."
On a Facebook.com page set up in Casey's memory friends remembered him as funny and friendly.
"He was the funniest kid," one poster wrote. "He had a lot of things to say to make someone smile. He is going to be missed."
The two hadn't spent as much time together in recent years -- each found different groups of friends once they hit high school -- but Oberg said they'd talked this week about getting together over the weekend. There were no specific plans. They were just going to hang out.
"We haven't chilled in forever," Oberg said.