Travis Heard: Man Caught Stripping Copper from Strip Club Shot Dead in East St. Louis
|Colony II Theatre and Cocktails at 4500 Forest Blvd.|
The owner -- described as a "elderly man" -- told police that Heard tried to flee and he shot him. Police followed a trail of blood some 75 feet from the club, where Heard's body was found lying in the weeds.
Heard's family tells the Belleville News-Democrat that he was addicted to drugs.
"He had a drug problem, but that was no reason to kill him. He was not a trouble maker; he was just on drugs," said cousin, Bernard Heard.