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Public service for 14-year-old violently killed promotes peace, unity

'The devil kicked in our door and now it’s time for us to fight back and get rid of this evil that is plaguing this world,' said victim's father, Robert Paulsen.

Daisy 'Jupiter' Paulsen's sister, Phoenix, saying goodbye to Jupiter's urn on Sunday, June 27, 2021 at Scheels Arena.jpg
Daisy 'Jupiter' Paulsen's sister, Phoenix, saying goodbye to Jupiter's urn on Sunday, June 27, 2021 at Scheels Arena after a public service was conducted. C.S. Hagen / The Forum
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FARGO — Three days before Robert Paulsen stood in front of a crowd of nearly 100 people during a public service remembering his 14-year-old daughter, he said he needed more time to address the issues related to her death.

His message about his daughter, Daisy “Jupiter” Paulsen, took about three minutes, but was a cry out for unity and for judicial reform. She was attacked and stabbed repeatedly outside of Party City on 13th Avenue on June 4 while on her way to visit her mother before work. She died about four days later. Her organs were donated to help save other’s lives, Paulsen said.

“In death, Jupiter’s donation saved at least four people and we are grateful for that,” said Elroy Vesta, pastor at Liberty Lutheran Brethren, who added that the Arby’s restaurant Jupiter worked at closed at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 27 in honor of her.

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“The devil kicked in our door and now it’s time for us to fight back and get rid of this evil that is plaguing this world,” Paulsen said after thanking those who came, along with the Liberian community for holding a candlelight service to honor his daughter on Friday, June 25.

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Robert Paulsen, father of Daisy 'Jupiter' Paulsen, giving comfort to family and friends after the service Sunday, June 27, 2021 at Scheels Arena. C.S. Hagen / The Forum

The service to honor Jupiter was informal and staged outside the main doors to Scheels Arena. Family, friends and concerned citizens talked while Jupiter’s middle school music teachers, Lindsay Schwartz Miller and Jennifer Tacking, played a duet on a violin and a cello.

Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney, Police Chief David Zibolski and Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner also attended the service and Paulsen said they agreed to meet with him to discuss issues related to judicial reform.

“When I look at the overall picture to promote peace and bring unity so that we don’t ever have to see this again in the community. We’re all gonna get together in the near future for a better tomorrow,” Paulsen said.

“I was gonna have a lot of cruddy things to say, but now I just want to thank everyone for coming here,” said Shane Paulsen, Jupiter’s uncle. "Both of us have lost a daughter, mine to suicide, so for two brothers to lose two of their youngest daughters it’s a burden I can’t explain to bear. I just hope this community comes together like they are, and stay strong, and come together to heal.”

Jupiter’s older sister, Casey Paulsen, said growing up she felt she wasn’t the best sister.

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“I wasn’t everything I should have been, but now moving forward with my other sisters, I will live to be a better sister to the rest of my siblings. She put everybody above herself. Daisy was willing to give everyone a second chance.”

Jupiter, whose birth name was Daisy Jade, had dreams of becoming a tattoo artist, Casey said.

“She was so smart and open minded, especially for her age,” Casey said. “She is still with me everywhere I go. She’s in the trees and the grass, the stars and the sunshine. Daisy was young, she had a lot of life left to live and it got taken away from her. I’ll keep moving forward for her.”

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Arthur Prince Kollie
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Arthur Prince Kollie, the 22-year-old man charged in relation to Jupiter's death, has a criminal record that includes previous felonies. He was once sentenced to serve two years in prison, but was released after serving 27 days on the condition that he successfully complete 18 months of probation.

Jupiter was choked and stabbed more than 20 times over the course of about 20 minutes, according to her father and court records. The attack that occurred near Party City, 4340 13th Ave. S. in Fargo, was partly captured on security video.

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Patrick Peterson in bright yellow shirt at back on Friday, June 25 during the Liberian community candlelight service. Peterson, a sanitation worker, found Daisy 'Jupiter' Paulsen early on June 4 during his route and tried to save her life. C.S. Hagen / The Forum

A sanitation worker, Patrick Peterson, tried to save Jupiter’s life when he found her around 6 a.m. June 4.

“I literally caught him with his left hand over her nose, and her right hand on her throat,” Peterson said. “I just stopped. I didn’t know who she was.”

He got out of the truck and asked the man, who police identified as Kollie, if he had called 911.

“He got up and stared at me and at that point I called 911 while he just kept staring at me,” Peterson said. “It was shocking, to say the least."

Peterson began chest compressions on Jupiter until the police showed up. He later learned that she still had a heartbeat, he said.

Phoenix Paulsen being comforted by friends and family after a public service was held for her sister Daisy 'Jupiter' Paulsen on Sunday, June 27, 2021.jpg
Phoenix Paulsen being comforted by friends and family after a public service was held for her sister Daisy 'Jupiter' Paulsen on Sunday, June 27, 2021 at the Scheels Arena. C.S. Hagen / The Forum

Now, he is troubled by guilt, he said. “I’ve never experienced anything like this. What if I had been able to get there a little sooner? It rips you apart. What if my route was a little smaller, or what if I had done my work a little quicker? I tried to do what I could for her, but it wasn’t enough.”

About 14 years ago, Peterson lost a daughter to SIDs, he said. Family calls him a guardian angel, he said, but he won’t accept the title.

Phoenix Paulsen, another sister of Jupiter’s, said she’s been lost without her “best friend.”

“She got her first paycheck that day and she never got to spend it,” Phoenix said. “The smile on her face every time I saw her made me feel happy and safe. She meant everything to me and it’s sad to see her go for how young she is. She did not deserve this.”

As the service ended and the family said their goodbyes to Jupiter’s urn, rain began to fall. “That’s going to make me cry,” said Shane Paulsen.

A private funeral service for Jupiter will be held at a later date, according to Jupiter's obituary.

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