ST. LOUIS — Jason Eberhardt, 16, was shot and killed in a north St. Louis parking lot in August.

“Unfortunately, I think he was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Jason's cousin Charles Shelton. “And, like too many of our youth, he didn't listen when they were supposed to.”

His cousin told 5 On Your Side Eberhardt was a gifted athlete. “Whenever he touched a football, he excelled in it,” Shelton said. “That was his sport.”

CUT SHORT

‘CUT SHORT: Unsolved Killings of St. Louis Children’ is an initiative of KSDK 5 On Your Side and its community outreach program, ‘Project 5,’ to raise awareness of the unchecked violence against children in the city of St. Louis from the summer of 2019 to present.

We’re dedicated to telling their stories, following the criminal investigations and shining a light on the reasons for gun violence in our city. We won’t let up.

Please join us in this important campaign seeking justice for our youth by sharing these stories about their young lives cut short, reaching out to elected officials and supporting the worthy organizations in St. Louis working to make our city’s neighborhoods safer places to raise families.  

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