Delivery Man Killed During East St. Louis Morning Rush Hour, and Nobody Saw It?

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Another day in ESTL, another body.
Another morning in East Boogie. A delivery man parks his truck outside a warehouse around 6 a.m. on Thursday. He's a father of three, plus three step-children. A Marine Corps veteran of the Persian Gulf War. A man trying to get a college degree by taking classes online. A guy whose co-workers later told the Post-Dispatch he was "friendly" and "worked hard."

We didn't know him, but we know he was up and working at 6 a.m.

He gets out of his truck.

A gunman comes up, shoots him during what appears to be an attempted robbery, then runs. A woman passing by bravely stays by his side until police arrive.

Our man, the victim, Truman L. Smith, 40, of Irondale, Missouri, is rushed to the hospital, but doesn't make it. On his person, he has an ankle bracelet made by one of his kids, and 21 cents.

East St. Louis Police have no suspects.

"I find it difficult to believe the morning commute had started and no one saw anything," says Assistant Chief Aubrey Keller in a phone interview with Daily RFT. "I'm really upset about this thing. But it's going to have to be the community that assists the police department."
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Stolen Memories
Stolen Memories

The truck driver that was killed in E.STL..Truman Lee is my boys dad he also has a daughter & this has just sent shock wave through the whole smith family. Not only has 3 children lost their dad, but a mother & father lost their son. A sister lost her brother & his nieces lost their uncle.. Many many many people lost a friend.. Please Please if someone knows something anything call crime stoppers as soon as you can, if not for us do it for your family. Put your self in our shoes if it was your family wouldn't you want someone to help find their killer... Think about it put your self in someone else shoes what had happened to your family?????

StolenMemories
StolenMemories

The truck driver that was killed in E.STL..Truman Lee is my boys dad he also has a daughter & this has just sent shock wave through the whole smith family. Not only has 3 children lost their dad, but a mother & father lost their son. A sister lost her brother & his nieces lost their uncle.. Many many many people lost a friend.. Please Please if someone knows something anything call crime stoppers as soon as you can, if not for us do it for your family. Put your self in our shoes if it was your family wouldn't you want someone to help find their killer... Think about it put your self in someone else shoes what had happened to your family?????

StoleMemories
StoleMemories

The truck driver that was killed in E.STL..Truman Lee is my boys dad he also has a daughter & this has just sent shock wave through the whole smith family. Not only has 3 children lost their dad, but a mother & father lost their son. A sister lost her brother & his nieces lost their uncle.. Many many many people lost a friend.. Please Please if someone knows something anything call crime stoppers as soon as you can, if not for us do it for your family. Put your self in our shoes if it was your family wouldn't you want someone to help find their killer... Think about it put your self in someone else shoes what had happened to your family?????

Tom Antrim
Tom Antrim

Everyone should stay out of East Saint Louis and let those idiots kill themselves.

Urbngdss
Urbngdss

I am a friend of Truman's. Truman knew no strangers and was friendly to all. He always had a story or joke to tell that surely would make you smile or laugh. I was blessed to know him and call him my friend.

I imagine there is fear among the natives that if they "roll" on this thug that they could be in danger. But the sad thing is, each day that passes keeps you in danger that it could happen to you or one of your loved ones. A murderer will do it again...and again... until caught. The point is, you are no safer by protecting this guy... and you may very well be saving someone's life by making that phone call.

Want confidentiality? NO PROBLEM...call Crime Stoppers. If your tip leads to the arrest and conviction of the thug, you will get a reward...and not just a monetary one... You will be blessed in more ways than you can imagine by doing the right thing for the community and yourself.

Please, Please...anyone with ANY information, please call Crime Stoppers!!!!

Sue
Sue

SueI am a very good friend of Truman Lee's family; he was a very fun and funny individual; he always had something good to say about everyone; he always had a smile for you. This is such a senseless tragedy; we implore you; PLEASE if you know anything at all; please do the right thing and call police; call anonymously if you would rather; but PLEASE call! Your life will be Blessed Forever! Please help this family find closure for this brutal senseless act. He was their only son..and a wonderful son/father/uncle/friend! PLEASE HELP! The next life you help save may be your own.

Stopntrafic
Stopntrafic

Because we want to work and live in safe neighborhoods. Because crime does not pay and Crime Stoppers does.

Earn up to $1,000.00 for information that will aid Law Enforcement Officials in the apprehension and formal charging of a crime. Toll Free Tip Line: (866)-371-TIPS / 866-371-8477.

If you seen anything even the smallest thing you feel it may not be important but it could be call the authority's or Crime stoppers! at crime stoppers your info is kept confidential. I am just a truck driver I did not know Truman but I do a job like his everyday and everyday this killer is out there is another day he can take another life.

Debbie Ashby
Debbie Ashby

Well said Stopntrafic. And so sad but true. Please be careful out there and thank-you for taking the time to write this. Debbie

Reader
Reader

Its just not a East St.Louis problem . It's all over the world , drug addictions, lack of family support. Its a break down of society when some one decides they have the rgiht to take anothers life. We pray for the family of the slain man and hope to have some sort of closure for the loves ones left behind.

Trumans MOM
Trumans MOM

I am his mother, I am hoping someone will think of something. I believe it was longer than a minute response of him being shot,that guardian angel stopping to help and staying with him til help got there. But no matter this scum had no right to shoot him after he told him he had nothing and said the scum said I am going to shoot you anyway.Why couldn't he had just took off then.Killed our son and got nothing.We need help getting this scum of the street before he does this to you or family memeber of yours.Truman Lee made deliverys there all the time.So please keep your ears open.

Jharman000
Jharman000

I'M TRUMAN LEE'S AUNT JOJO,HE WAS LOVED VERY MUCH!!!!please come forward if you saw anything that morning. i know someone had to of seen something or heard something.so please please let the police know.i'm sure the idiot will be bragging to someone if you hear anything please notify the police.please help us find Truman Lee's killer.

Ghost_viper1186
Ghost_viper1186

LIKE SO MANY OTHERS.... THATS WHY THE CITY IS AS IT IZ...EYES WIDE SHUT !!!WAKE THE FUK UP AND START GETTING RID OF THESE BODY THUGS...THAT ARRIVED FROM THEIR SORRY AZZ PARENTS FROM THE FIRST PLACE.!!!!..NO FURTHER COMMENTS THROUGH WITH IT !!!...BE A TATTLE TALE FOR A CHANGE AND MAYBE YOULL LIVE TO SEE ANOTHER DAY, UNTIL THAT TRANSPIRES:: GIDDIYUP....LONE RANGERS.... HIGH OLD SILVER !!!!

Mmach1dude
Mmach1dude

not true, a statment was made that a young black male with a white shirt and shoes and black pants was seen running fom the scene. The police were called 1 min after it happened. In my opinion, the state police should keep pressure on that area. because i guarentee if the drug dealers and prostitutes cant do their business becuse state police have got the area on lock down someones liable to spill the beans just to get the police out of there so business can go on as usual.

Hangemhigh
Hangemhigh

Appalling. Just when you think you're desensitized enough something like this happens and you find new lows for your disgust. Although there has always been crime, I'm beginning to believe that the senseless, random, unreasonable, and seemingly unmotivated nature of current crime is unique to modern life. We need to as a society ask why the traditional motivations for criminal action (namely greed) are no longer sufficient and why criminal activity is now exceedingly sadistic and malicious. There was absolutely no need to shoot this man. Had he given his money he would probably have been shot anyway. Something very very wrong has happened here that people feel such an infuriating sadistic need to make random strangers pay. Poverty cannot be the root cause alone.

I am worried that if the cause is not found for this and corrected, the exceedingly sadistic and malicious nature of modern crime and its glorification will require an equally sadistic and malicious response. Perhaps such a draconian solution may well be justified after reading this story.

havoc
havoc

Believe me poverty is not the reason, at least not by itself.... I have sensed humanity has been getting worse for a long time while I am unsure of the root cause one could say the devil has been hard at work spreading his influence. Regardless it seems a talent I picked up from my many years of gaming will become a must for survival in order to survive one must be aware of their surroundings at all times........

Truman66
Truman66

I am the father of the truck driver that was murdered in E St Louis. Truman Lee didn"t have any money to give. The killer said " I'm going to shoot you anyway" He was a hard working man.

Ghost_viper1186
Ghost_viper1186

very good adjustment, and very well stated, the thing of it is I am a product of that city beleive it or not and its ashame the law enforcment thier cant really get a handle on all... I MEAN ALL THE SHADY THINGS THAT TRANSPIRE IN THAT CITY...IT WILL NEVER EVER CHANGE... MOVE AND GROOVE... thats the safest route out..

its ashame but true...

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