Men Killed in Downtown St. Louis Ambush Investigated as Part of Drug Gang

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The scene of the murder at 18th and Market.
Federal courts reporter for the Post-Dispatch, Robert Patrick, has an illuminating article out today about the bloody slaying in May 2009 that left three men in an SUV dead near Union Station.

Patrick reports that the victims --  Allen Jones, 32, Dawon Moore, 27, and Byron Blassingame, 27 -- all had prior criminal records and that authorities were investigating Blassingame and Moore as members of the BAD Bloods street gang. BAD is an acronym for the streets controlled by the gang -- Beacon, Alcott and Davison -- in the Walnut Park Neighborhood.

Court records indicate that the Moore and Blassingame were suspected of dealing crack cocaine as part of the gang and seen carrying assault rifles in the days just prior to their death. Moore's mother tells Patrick that her son had a $25,000 bounty on his head, and was not killed (as had been speculated) as a result of a dispute at the nightclub Club Society where he and his friends had partied moments before their murders.

Moore, Blassingame and Jones had just left a Yo Gotti concert at the nightclub in the early morning hours of May 8, 2009, when they stopped at the light at Market and 18th streets. Another vehicle pulled alongside their vehicle and suspects inside that car unleashed a torrent of gunshots that killed the men.

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