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Homicide No. 70: Hoa Le Shot to Death Escaping from Armed Robber

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St. Louis police are searching for the gunman who tried to rob two victims and killed one as he tried to escape.

Police found Hoa Le, 37, of the 4300 block of Morganford Road, dead just before 2 a.m. Tuesday morning behind the 6200 block of Michigan Avenue. Le had gunshot wounds in the chest, thigh, upper back and lower back.

A second victim, a 33-year-old man, told police he and Le were in a car when the suspect approached them and announced a robbery. The 33-year-old fled from the car and was not injured. Le tried to escape, but he was shot and killed.

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Homicide No. 66: Jolice Trice Gunned Down By Ex-Boyfriend for Leaving Abusive Relationship

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Terrell Perkins, 26.
An ex-boyfriend and his brother gunned down Jolice Trice and her friends on a neighborhood street where children were present after Trice left the relationship because of abuse, police say.

Jolice Trice suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the upper thigh when Trice's ex-boyfriend, Terrell Perkins and his brother DeonAndre Ford hid outside a house and ambushed her in the 700 block of Thrush Avenue Sunday afternoon, police tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The targeted attack was followed by another shooting hours later, just after midnight on Monday, which sent another man to the hospital.

On Tuesday, the Circuit Attorney's Office charged Perkins, 26, and Ford, 21 -- both from the 700 block of Baden Avenue -- with first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, five counts of armed criminal action, two counts of discharging/shooting a firearm at or from a motor vehicle and first-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

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Homicide No. 62: Abdulrauf Kadir, Ethiopian Refugee, Shot in Convenience Store Robbery

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Antonio Muldrew, 36.
Friends and family buried Abdulrauf Kadir, an Ethiopian refugee working to bring his wife and children to St. Louis, on Tuesday, the day after officials filed murder charges against the man suspected of shooting him during a robbery.

Kadir, 32, came to St. Louis as a refugee in November, escaping "well-founded fear of persecution" in his home country with sponsorship from the International Institute, says president and CEO Anna Crosslin. He'd hoped to bring his wife, son and daughter to America, but without Kadir's income, their future is uncertain.

Kadir was working at a Dutchtown corner market at Chippewa Street and Louisiana Avenue around 3:30 p.m. when he was gunned down by Antonio Muldrew, 36, who lived nearby in the 3800 block of Louisiana Avenue, according to police.


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Man Bites, Strangles Lauren Bach to Death in the Bathtub (Homicide No. 53)

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Police found Lauren Back unresponsive in a bath tub.
St. Louis Metropolitan police say they've arrested the man who bit a 24-year-old woman on her neck and back and strangled her in the bathtub during an argument over drugs.

Lauren Bach, of the 5400 block of Rosa Avenue in south city, was unresponsive in the bathtub when police arrived at a house in the 6100 block of Alaska Avenue, near Carondelet Park, Wednesday night. Police say she had trauma to the head and neck, lacerations on her hands, and human bite marks on her neck and back.


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Homicide No. 49: Teenage Ex-Girlfriend Stabs Thearon Maxey in Chest with Butcher Knife

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Kaila Chambers, seventeen.
The Circuit Attorney's Office charged a teen with first-degree murder after she stabbed her ex-boyfriend in the chest with a butcher knife, according to police.

Kaila Chambers, seventeen, of the 3600 block of Ohio Avenue, is being held without bond after she turned herself in to St. Louis Metropolitan Police headquarters Tuesday evening.

Police found Chambers' ex-boyfriend -- Thearon Maxey, nineteen, of the 4200 block of Connecticut Street -- unconscious with a puncture wound in his chest on the front porch of an apartment in the 3100 block of Clay Avenue at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Maxey was pronounced dead at the hospital.


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Jeronnia Graves Stabbed at Downtown Library By Jealous Homeless Man (Homicide No. 48)

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The Central Library in downtown St. Louis.
St. Louis Metropolitan Police are still searching for the homeless man who stabbed another homeless man in the neck on the 13th Street steps to downtown's Central Library Wednesday morning.

Police found Jeronnia Graves, 41, whose last known address was in the 4500 block of Davidson Avenue, unconscious and bleeding from the neck at 10:37 a.m. Wednesday. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.


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Homicide No. 47: Demetrius Griffin Shot in Jaw by Neighbor Who Also Attacked Teen Brother

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Richard Watson, 43.
A ticked-off neighbor shot 20-year-old Demetrius Griffin in the head, neck, jaw, thumb and arm and shot Griffin's teen brother in the ankles because he was angry at them over a previous incident, according to police.

Richard Watson, 43, faces charges of first-degree murder, first-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action for shooting the brothers, whose home neighbors Watson's in the 2600 block of Burd Avenue in the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood.

Griffin died in the hospital just after 9 p.m. May 5, about 24 hours after he was shot. His brother, who is sixteen-years-old, is in stable condition.


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Teens Charged With Murder After Fistfight Turns into Deadly Shooting (Homicide No. 44)

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Lonisha Cummings, seventeen.
Two seventeen-year-olds face murder and armed criminal action charges after a four-woman fistfight escalated into the shooting death of Alicia Miller, 26, in the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood.

Darius Hamell, seventeen, of the 5900 block of Wabada Avenue, was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action Monday, and a judge ordered a $1 million cash-only bond. Hamell is in custody in Indiana for his involvement in an unrelated shooting after a fight at an apartment complex.

The Circuit Attorney's Office also charged Lonisha Cummings, seventeen, of the 5300 block of Minerva Avenue, with second-degree murder and armed criminal action. She is held in jail without bond.


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Police: Son Shoots Mother in the Head, Tries to Hide Body

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Courtney Cunningham.
A north city man shot and killed his mother at home and tried to hide her body, say the St. Louis Metropolitan Police.

The Circuit Attorney's Office charged Courtney Cunningham, 32, of the 4600 block of Pope Avenue, Wednesday with first degree murder and armed criminal action.

Police found the body of Cunningham's mother, Joyce Boxx, 56, Tuesday morning while checking on her at her home in the 4600 block of Pope Avenue after getting a call from a concerned relative. Boxx had several gunshot wounds to the head and torso, police say.

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UPDATE: Dean's List Student Killed, Infant Injured in Shooting On the Way to Church

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The 2500 block of North Market Street in St. Louis.
A shooting Sunday afternoon left a St. Louis woman dead and put three others, including a nine-month-old, in the hospital.

Four adults and a baby were in a car in the 2500 block of North Market Street, in the St. Louis Place neighborhood, when unknown suspects opened fire around 12:20 p.m., according to police reports.


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