Cell phone kill switch makes progress

A woman whose sister was murdered in the Central West End is moving forward with her plan to prevent a similar tragedy.

Former SLU volleyball player Megan Boken was shot to death in August of 2012 during a robbery. Police say the men targeted Boken because she was talking on her cell phone.

Boken's sister, Annie Palazzolo, is pushing for a federal law that mandates a "kill switch" in smartphones. The technology would allow people to remotely shut down their stolen devices, deterring thieves from stealing their phones.

"We have some of the most brilliant minds in the world that work at these companies and I think there must be a way to do it and if it can save a life then it absolutely has to be implemented," said Palazzolo.

It appears her efforts are working. Federal legislation is now moving through the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. House introduced a similar bill earlier this month.


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