Eric Lawson: Police Say Man Shot Breiana Ray and Her Mother, Then Set Fatal Fire

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Eric Lawson faces multiple charges.
A Saturday night apartment fire in the 2100 block of South Jefferson Avenue was allegedly set by Eric Lawson, 23, the ex-boyfriend of Breiana Ray, 22. Ray and her mother, Gwendolyn Ray, 50, were found in the burning building by firefighters, dead of gunshot wounds. Breiana Ray's son by Lawson, ten-month-old Aiden, was killed by smoke inhalation. Ray's three-year-old daughter was seriously injured by the fire, and is currently in critical condition at an area hospital.

According to police, Eric Lawson confessed that he killed Breiana and Gwendolyn Ray because he was upset with his former girlfriend. He then allegedly used a lighter to set fire to the apartment and locked the doors on his way out, condemning both children to the flames.

Lawson faces three counts of first degree murder, two counts of first degree arson, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and five counts of armed criminal action.

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kiarahawthorne
kiarahawthorne

FUCK EVERYONE THAT THINK MY BROTHER A MURDER ALL YALL CAN SUCK HIS DICK

Lylmyma
Lylmyma

He didn't turn himself in, the family showed police where he lived & they arrested him. Don't make it seem like "he was man enough" he didn't confess until they started chastising him then he confessed. You people are killing me trying to make excuses for him. He was DEAD WRONG! Point blank period. Everyone has every right to judge him because he tried to take 4 lives and walk away from it like nothing happened.

Eleyr9
Eleyr9

Eric is a good friend of mine and i just found out about what he did. We had all classes together at UMSL and he is the most funniest, coolest. Down to earth person I know. I cant even wrap my mind around why he did this..I'm truly hurt tho. I never thought Eric would do something so horrible.. :(

Kit
Kit

This should be expected of him. He's a member of a failed race. His entire race is a failure. Expecting more of a species stuck between humans and the animal world is utterly ridiculous.

Hello7474
Hello7474

A price he must pay for his crime(s) for killing and harming "babies," awaits him in the PEN.  WORD OUT - DO NOT HARM BABIES, THE ELDERLY OR RAPE - they say this is not acceptable behavior inside the PEN.  Now what they do I don't now.  Judge not!  The FOOL tried to hide his crime by attempting to  kill the only eye wittiness - the three year old child.  Thank goodness she has her dad (parent and other family members) becuase she's going to need all the tender LOVE that one can give.  Spread it Wide PERHAPS - You Coward! SIGNED:  LOVE ONE  "KILLED BY THE HANDS OF ANOTHER." BASTARD!

Kmchizz
Kmchizz

WELL ERIC BESTFRIEND AND EVEN DOE HEE DID DO DIS NOT SAYIN ITS RITE IT AINT YALL PLACE TO JUDGE HIM N IM GON STAND BY HIS SIDE 100% FUCK WAT YALL SAYIN N EVEN DOE I MIGHT NOT NEVER C HIM AGAIN I STILL LUV HIM DA SAME

caligirl
caligirl

This is so sad because i went to high school with both of them. My heart hurts for both of their families.

J.
J.

I dated eric on and off for 2 1/2 years and I knew he had anger problems but I never thought it would go this far... the few times we had fights they got to the point where he would black out" and not remember what he did.. After the first time we broke up over I told him that we can't be together if he didn't take some type of anger management classes... He joined a church group at his school and it helped alot.. but when he stopped going he went bk to his old ways... Long story short .. Eric has deep deep anger issues and needed someone to push him to get better ...... I wish it didnt have to end like this... I can't belive there really gone

educated12
educated12

I will not defend Eric action however, I must saw you all are foolishish and ignorant. I went to school with Mr.Lawson who was a scholar among many. No one ever knows what would make someone snap in anyway so to judge with littke to no knowledge of the person or situation shows your ignorance. Yes, his actions were wrong and he deserves sometype of punishment but he was MAN enough to confess his crimes.

Judge not least ye be judged

ACM
ACM

Unbelievably say. I feel so much sadness for Breiana's family. They are great people and I hope they can soon find peace.

KITTY
KITTY

This evil piece of shit should be shot like a rabid dog. Or better yet, lock him inside an apartment, set it on fire, and let him burn to a crisp. Prison is too good for this savage beast.

Hello7474
Hello7474

Eric Lawson is one less FOOL off the streets of St. Louis, MO, to shoot proable two harmless women in the head and then set the apartment unit on fire with two innocent and dependent babies inside is the work of a COWARD.  I hear that such action(s) warrants harsh treatment in the PEN.   

kiarahawthorne
kiarahawthorne

@Lylmyma FUC U DON'T TALK BAD ABOUT BROTHER U DON'T EVEN KNO HIM

kit the rascist
kit the rascist

Kit your probably closer related to an animal. You probably smell like a wet dog when rained upon so get that rascist attitude out of here.

Kit
Kit

 That's right! Pieces of shit that murder, rape, steal..... have a code of ethics and they take care of this sort of thing in prison. Geez you're a dumb shitbag.

Kmchizz
Kmchizz

Ok once again another ingornat ass person at least he was man enough to turn his self n after the problem

Kit
Kit

 You too shine. We need to dump your race in to a hole and cover it up. You're worthless and are using up Earth's valuable resources. There isn't a shine alive that is worth the oxygen they're using up.

Kit
Kit

 "Black out"? NO! He chimped out! Chimped out like all members of his race, violent, voodoo, savage, barbarians.

Kit
Kit

 You say scholar because he had the best blunts and always had a 40 to share with a nutha brutha. A 40 he jacked from the liquor store and the blunts bought with money from pimping or selling drugs. All members of his race are failures and need to be rounded up and either deported to Africa or kept in camps until their life clock times out.

UMSLstudentx
UMSLstudentx

I completely agree with James. We don't know the whole story, but who are you to say that people cannot judge him. It's not "man" of him to confess (as James said), and it does not make this situation any better. People are judging/criticizing him because of what he had done - murdered a group of innocent people (and I'm pretty sure it's hurting their friends and family). His actions lead him to where he is now. It's called consequences. 

We're human - we all judge.

James
James

"MAN enough to confess his crimes." He slayed innocent people and felt guilt. That means he's human, not "manly." You instruct others not to judge? On what basis? A scholar murders multiple people, and his actions aren't to be criticized because he is schooled? Yes, there are are always unknown variables and different people react in different manners when presented with different situaitons/stimuli, but that does not by any means justify an status for him which escapes criticism. "I must say you are foolish and ignorant" ... "Judge not lest ye be judged." Hypocrite. 

ACM
ACM

sad*

KekeHeartless Chisholm
KekeHeartless Chisholm

EVEN DOE THATS WAT HE DID IT AINT YO PLACE TO JUDGE HIM SO IT MAKES U A FOOL FOR TRYING TO JUDGE HIM N U DNT NO HIM AT ALL.....BEHIND ALL OF DIS HE WAS A GUD PERSON N DA WAY I FEEL FOR HIM AINT GON CHANGE NOMATTER WAT THE PROBLEM IS NOTHING BUT LUV FOR HIM

Kit
Kit

 BTW - List off some of your race's accomplishments shine. Every one that you post will be a White accomplishment that you've been told by the judenvermin that it was really your accomplishment. Hey shine do you know it was the judenvermin that ran the African slave trade? No? Yeah the judenvermin never taught you that in skool did they?

Kit
Kit

 Okay, shine where do you want to meet up? No more mouthing off to the White man. Let's do it shine! Bring your other sloped head ape cuzzins too. C'mon let's do it slope, how about it?

JP
JP

He fucking killed and burned innocent people you fucking animal! "Man enough" Shit, he ain't no man at all. He is a fucking psychopath as you also appear to be you ignorant dick.

wow
wow

I could have sworn that a doe was a female deer...so maybe you should stop saying people are ignorant because you cannot spell nor speak proper english. He killed a child that is bad so I don't know how he is a good person..intentionally at that....

GAGIRL
GAGIRL

Ms.Ray,Bre and lil man were my family memebers and your low life scum bag friend who you are defending killed them.yes he is gonna be judged by man and most of all GOD!!! I know Ms.Ray being the wonderful person she is would want all of us too forgive hime for what he has done and i try too do that daily but i just cant right now and yes i hope he is sentenced to death. and thats even to good for him cause he isnt gonna suffer he will just stop breathing. they suffered and so should that bastared!!! he aint shit and neither are you!!!!!!!!!!!   I HOPE HE BURNS IN HELL........

Asdflkj
Asdflkj

Miss "KekeHeartless Chisholm". Okay. First of all, why are you calling people ignorant? A man MURDERED innocent people. He did this to himself. This is CONSEQUENCES. People will CRITICIZE and JUDGE. We are all human. Many of us may not know him...but know the victims. And you're the 'ignorant one"...and a HYPOCRITE. You tell the people commenting on here not to judge and here you are calling people ignorant. 

Why are you commenting on here? To call people ignorant, because they think what Eric's actions were wrong? If so, you have bad morals. If not, then tell me?

I feel for Breiana and her family. I have very right to judge, so if you do not know what you are standing up for, stop humiliating yourself here. 

JP
JP

 Says the dummy that can't write.

Stlboy314
Stlboy314

U feel the way u feel and they feel the way u feel. i know eric personally and bre and what he did makes him a cold heartless bastard. if he was that mad he should have just shot himslef and left those ppl alone.

to keke
to keke

I hope you don't have any kids or ever ever everrr have any kids because just by the comment you made I can tell that you are one of those silly low self esteem having females who would allow a man to do anything to your child just because you LOVE HIM. Your statement is so ridiculous. He murdered people, an innocent child and seriosly harmed another and it wasn't an accident, you cannot get around that. I don't give a damn if he was your daddy, wrong is wrong and you are on here trying to sell him as a good person isn't going to work because people know how to read. Then you have the audacity to be upset because people are judging him...or you really serious. They need to take you to jail right along with him since you think he is a hero. Smh you are truly a silly female!

Umslstudent
Umslstudent

I agree. You need to stop calling people ignorant. He killed innocent people..there is nothing "manly" about it. He may be your best friend, but he MURDERED individuals. He is human, and felt guilt, so he turned himself in. SHe killed, and this is the consequence. This is the status he earned - people WILL criticize him. Get over it.

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