Since the age of five, Tyrell Thompson’s passion in life was art.
“My brother was really creative. He grew into making logos for companies and small businesses,” said his sister, Kayla Thompson.
Those talents eventually landed the Hazelwood East and Webster University graduate a job at the social network start-up Lockerdome in downtown St. Louis.
“Tyrell was not just a great guy and a great talent, he was like family to us,” said CEO Gabe Lozano.
Thompson added that the opportunity to work at a local start-up company meant a lot to her brother.
“He was really happy to get that job because he was the very definition of a struggling artist up until that point,” he said.
But almost exactly one year after launching his career, St. Louis Police said Thompson was shot and killed during an attempted robbery.
It happened around 1:20 a.m. Thursday at Olive and Walton in the Central West End while Thompson was allegedly walking back to his car from a nearby club.
It’s a crime that neighbors said was unusual to the area.
Scene photos: Man killed during attempted robbery
“I didn’t hear any shouting or anything. It was just literally like one gunshot, then a pause and five or six more gunshots,” said neighbor Spencer Carleton.
And sadly, Thompson’s death is not an unfamiliar loss to his family.
Six years ago, his father was also murdered during a robbery.
“My dad was my best friend and my brother kind of fell into that,” Thompson said.
Now those who know the family are grieving all over again over yet another victim to gun violence.
Lozano said, “I feel like I’ve been hit by a ton of bricks. I’m sad. I’m mad. I don’t expect these things to happen.”
The suspects remain on the loose. The Thompson family is working on a peace rally in his honor in the meantime.