RIVERVIEW, MO. - The family of Marvell Kindle, who was murdered in St. Louis County this week, is pleading for the public’s help as they look for the person responsible for the crime.
“We are angry. We are hurt. We are devastated because we’re trying to figure out why,” said Clarice Washington.
Washington joined other family members in placing candles Friday night at a memorial near the location where her brother’s life was cut tragically short.
“I just want to know why they took my baby. I just want to know why. Why did they take him away from me?” said Carolyn Perry, the victim’s mother.
Kindle was shot and killed on Diamond Drive in Riverview on Wednesday night as he was heading home from a convenience store off Chambers Road.
Perry said, “He was innocent. He didn’t do anything. All he wanted was to go to the store. He asked me for some greens. He never got to come home and eat it.”
Relatives said Kindle, who’s a twin, and his six siblings moved with their mother to St. Louis from California about six years ago.
They said he was known for caring for his mother, his love of cars and music and for his nickname that was born out of his favorite snack food – Cheetos.
“He ate them with his food. He ate them before he went to bed. He eat them all day long,” said Tiara lane, Kindle’s sister.
Now, the tight knit family is searching for answers and for a killer as they lean on each other during this difficult time.
Washington said, “We’re all still trying to figure out what happened. What went wrong because he was well loved in the community, very well respected."
"He didn't deserve what happened to him,” Lane said.
The family will hold a peaceful, anti-violence March near the scene of the crime on Saturday at 3 p.m. It will be followed by a benefit car wash to help raise money for the funeral. They’ve also set up an account on the Go Fund Me website.
St. Louis County Police continue to investigate the case.