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St. Louis Resident Shoots, Kills Alleged Home Intruder

Categories: Violent Crime
Thirty-nine-year-old Rico Kemp is dead after allegedly breaking into a home in the 2800 block of Magnolia (below) in south St. Louis just after midnight this morning.

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According to police, a 48-year-old man woke up around 12:30 a.m. to hear the sound of someone breaking into the rear door of his home. Fearing for his safety, the resident fired a shot, striking Kemp, of the 2300 block of Collett in north St. Louis County, in the chest.

An investigation is ongoing. More details -- like why a person from way up in north county would choose a home on this block of St. Louis to randomly rob -- when they become available.

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10 comments
Alex Galletti
Alex Galletti

Well, all's well that ends well. It was self-defense, as the intruder was potentially a dangerous threat to the people living in that home...

Brad Hicks
Brad Hicks

What I'm hearing from my friends who live in Dutchtown -- and it's gossip, take it with a grain of salt or leave it altogether -- is that this isn't even vaguely the first such case. Nobody's at all sure of the mechanism, but somehow enough professional criminals from up around Fairgrounds Park have either moved down to Dutchtown, or are hanging around Dutchtown, that they've become visible and recognizable. I don't know if it's true, but I do know that none of my friends who live in Dutchtown will turn out to have been surprised by this headline.

JP
JP

I'm not sure I would call the 2800 block of Magnolia "Dutchtown"

Rbheaven1011
Rbheaven1011

What he done may not have been right but think about his family, and what they lost, yall dont know what he was goin through to make himself fell he had to do it. But yall also just might be some racist assholes too. RIP Rico

wiseguy
wiseguy

Where does it say what race he was? I'm not racist, I don't like people who break into our houses regardless of color or "what their going through"...when you think about his family, think about the families of victims who go to "work", and end up getting killed by a robber, y'all.

wiseguy
wiseguy

Hopefully this becomes a trend! After a couple of hundred of these aholes get shot I'm sure home invasions will drop off the list of top 10 easiest ways to earn a living and not have to work.

Anthony
Anthony

The robber was from north county???  What a surprise!  I can't believe it!!  I guess they already robbed most of the homes north,  now they have to go south.

handsome jimmy
handsome jimmy

Rest in peace Rico Kemp, you got exactly what you deserved.

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