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Nyla Banks, 10

She was found killed along with her mother in a Downtown West neighborhood loft.
Credit: Photo provided by family

ST. LOUIS — Nyla Banks, 10, was found dead inside a loft in St. Louis’ Downtown West neighborhood in August.

Nyla Banks, 45-year-old Antoinette Banks and 46-year-old Gene Watson III were found dead at the Edge Lofts. Two of them were shot and the other was stabbed.

"I remember when she was born because she was 18 years apart. I just remember holding her and she was just the smallest person, and I named her and I loved her before I even met her, and now she's gone, and now she's gone," Nyla’s brother said with tears streaming down his face.


‘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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