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Sentonio Cox, 15

Two people were charged in his killing.
Credit: KSDK

ST. LOUIS — Sentonio Cox, 15, was shot and killed in south St. Louis in August.

Police found him when they were responding to a report of a missing person.

Two people were later charged in his murder. This is the only case this summer where someone was charged.

Joseph Renick was charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a weapon in connection with the fatal shooting.

A second man was charged a short time later. According to probable cause statements, Brian Lee Potter—goaded the first suspect into fatally shooting 15-year-old Cox. He was charged first-degree murder and armed criminal action.


‘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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