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ST. LOUIS, Mo. - St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson was on hand at Dutchtown Garden Wednesday morning celebrating the grand opening of the Cop Cares Libraries in the neighborhood.

The family of slain St. Louis American newspaper manager Paul Reiter funded the project.

The libraries are large, wooden structures placed throughout the neighborhood, stocked with books for children of all ages. The books are free and children are encouraged to "take a book, keep a book."

Reiter was 58 when he was gunned down in May 2011 after happening upon a man trying to break into a neighbor's home. The shooter, Rico Paul, was sentenced in September 2013 to life imprisonment.

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