North county neighborhood plagued by violence

Diamond Drive in Riverview has become a hotbed of violent crime.

The life of 26-year-old Marvell Kindle was cut short Wednesday night. He was shot and killed as he walked home from the corner store in Riverview.

The St. Louis County Police Department is investigating the incident, and another that occurred nearby around the same time that also resulted in a man being shot.

Kindle’s sister Tiara Lane was heartbroken Thursday morning, as she crouched over the burgeoning memorial to her brother’s memory on the side of Diamond Drive.

Stuffed animals, a baseball cap, and a bottle of Bud Light beer mark the spot Kindle was shot.

People living nearby say, the violence the neighborhood has seen this week weighs heavy on them.

Early Tuesday morning, the body of Ferguson activist Darren Seals was discovered in a burning car in a parking lot on Diamond Drive.

Investigators say they do not know yet if any of these violent crimes are connected.

A request for comment from the Riverview Police Department about how they are addressing the violence has not been granted.

Some people living in the community said the criminals committing these crimes are coming from outside the neighborhood. Others said young people do not have places where they can be challenged physically and mentally; and the resulting void is causing them to make poor decisions out of boredom.


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