St. Louis (KSDK) - A reward is now being offered for information that leads to an arrest in the weekend murder of a former Saint Louis University volleyball player.
Jim Whyte with the Neighborhood Security Initiative in the Central West End, said at a news conference Monday afternoon commissioners of the NSI and the Special Business Districts are pledging $10,000 to CrimeStoppers to gather more information and identify the person responsible for the murder of 23-year-old Megan Boken.
Boken was killed Saturday around 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of Maryland and N. Taylor. She was in her car when she was fatally shot in the neck.
Police describe the suspect as a black male with a medium complexion, standing 5'8" to 5'10" with a thin build and short hair. He was wearing a grey charcoal shirt, khaki pants, and white tennis shoes.
Police do not believe Boken knew the shooter and are investigating the case as an attempted robbery.
Boken, a 2011 SLU graduate, was a living in the Chicago area. She was in town for an alumni volleyball game on Saturday.
Chief Dan Isom with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and Mayor Francis Slay also attended the news conference. Chief Isom says homicide investigators continue to interview witnesses and look through surveillance video from nearby locations in an attempt to gather more information. He says they do not have any concrete leads.
Mayor Slay and Chief Isom stated they want the public to know officers are working to solve this crime and prevent crime all over the City of St. Louis.
There was atotal of eight shootings, and three people killed within 30 hours over the weekend. No arrests have been made in any of the cases.
Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.
On Monday, Megan's parents, Paul and Lisa Boken, released the following statement:
"On Saturday afternoon, our daughter Megan lost her life as she got in her car in the Central West End to attend an alumni volleyball match at Saint Louis University. This loss is devastating to our family, the Saint Louis University community, the volleyball community and her many friends. Megan was a shining example of how to live a life for others.
"On behalf of the entire Boken family, we would like to thank everyone who has provided comfort, support and prayers during this difficult time. We are especially thankful to the Central West End NSI for establishing a $10,000 reward fund to encourage anyone with relevant information to come forward and assist in the investigation. We would also like to express our gratitude to the St. Louis Police Department for their hard work thus far. We ask that anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the person responsible for Megan's death to please contact the St Louis Police Department.
"Megan was a four-year starter on the Saint Louis University volleyball team and the team captain her senior year. She earned All Atlantic 10 Conference honors her junior and senior seasons. Megan played on two state championship teams at St Francis High School in Wheaton, and was selected as the Captain of the Tribune All State team her senior year. In addition, Megan contributed to several AAU Championships and a USA Volleyball National Championship during her time at Sports Performance Volleyball Club.
"More than her athletic achievements, Megan showed us all what it meant to be a teammate and a friend. She was a model for how to prepare, how to inspire others on and off the court, and how to compete at the highest level purely for the joy of it.
" Megan is survived by her parents, Paul and Lisa Boken, and siblings Annie Palazzolo (Boken), 28, Joe Boken, 25, and Mary Boken, 15, and her grandparents and many aunts, uncles and cousins."
Visitation for Megan will be Wednesday, August 22 from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. at St. Francis High School, 2130 W. Roosevelt Road in Wheaton, Illinois.
Her funeral is set for Thursday, August 23 at 11 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church, 310 S. Wheaton Avenue in Wheaton, Illinois.