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Homicide No. 20: Nicholas Kapusniak, St. Louis Pharmacy Student, Killed in Drive-By Shooting


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Nick Kapusniak played drums for the Rxtions.
Back in Wisconsin, Rev. Paul Hartmann, the president of Kapusniak's alma mater Catholic Memorial High School, remembered his former student as someone who wanted to better the world around him.

"Just always seemingly involved in sports, involved in clubs, friends to everybody, he was one of those kids that never really fit into an exact niche of a group and floated among lots of groups of friends," Hartmann tells WISN (Channel 12). "Every death is a tragedy, but the fact that this was a young man who really wanted to go beyond himself for the good of others adds to the tragedy."

See also: Homicides No. 8 & 9: Shootings Leave Two Men Dead 7 Minutes, 4 Miles Apart

Kapusniak was planning to hang with friends at St. Louis Mardi Gras later that day, one friend posted on Facebook.

"I am so mad at the world," Meredith Voss says on Facebook. "You were just texting me a few hours ago and we were planning our day for Mardi Gras. I can't comprehend that my best friend is gone."

Kapusniak's death was the third on Saturday, after two were found shot dead in an apparently drug-related shooting in Wellston. Kapusniak's murder marked the twentieth homicide in St. Louis City in 2014.

Police are asking anyone with information about Kapusniak's death to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS. The St. Louis College of Pharmacy is now offering a $10,000 reward.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.



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