Homicide victims' families seek closure and answers

There is a story behind every person who is killed, and the families of St. Louis-area murder victims met for a vigil Saturday to remind the public that they are real people behind those statistics.

"Her youngest boy's father couldn't stand to let her go. So he decided to murder her. He shot her in the neck," said Glenda Miller.

Her daughter, Antoinetta Davis, was six months pregnant when she was killed in her home on Florence Place in Jennings last April. The suspect was her ex-boyfriend, Terrance Duff. He also allegedly killed her unborn child.

"The only thing we know is we got a call saying it was two bodies found in a car in the back of some houses and we went down and identified the bodies," said Corey Brown Sr.

His son, Corey Brown Jr. and cousin Darell Claiborne were shot to death at Compton and Mount Pleasant in January.

"To our knowledge they hadn't had any problems with anybody. Basically we think it was a robbery," he said.

The Crime Victim Advocacy Center does this vigil every year to humanize the statistics. They run a Powerpoint presentation with every victim's name whose family they worked with.

"This vigil is focused primarily on just remembering that every one of the crime statistics is a person that was loved, that was respected, that was taken care of, and there are people that are left behind," said Director of Advocacy Services Jessica Meyers.

"I know the police got a lot of things to do, but we haven't heard anything about the case," Brown said.

So far this year, there have been 35 murders in the city. St. Louis police say 10 of them. Last year, there were 120 murders. Homicide division commander Lt. John Green says they're still clearing those.

"A lot of times when we get homicides, we don't get cooperation from witnesses," he says.

Green tells us sometimes witnesses are scared of retribution, or they're wanted, or they were doing something they shouldn't have been doing.

"Sometimes people are wanted and a lot of times we'll find somebody and we'll ask them "how come you didn't come forward in the first place?" well i'm wanted, well I was selling dope at the time. And we'll say well that doesn't matter to us...we need to find out what happened to this person that was murdered."

Of course anyone with information that can help solve these crimes can call Crimestoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).


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