Public Safety Director says some St. Louis children killed were into crime

Jimmy Edwards comments on the dozen children killed this summer

Kevin Killeen
October 11, 2019 - 4:39 pm
Jimmy Edwards

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — After a deadly summer with a dozen children shot and killed, the city's Director of Public Safety now says they weren't all innocent bystanders.

Retired Judge Jimmy Edwards says some of the victims older than 10 appeared to have been involved in criminal activity.

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"I think that it is necessary to put the investigations in context," Edwards said. "The purpose here is not to demonize anyone. The facts are the facts."

Edwards spoke before the aldermanic Public Safety Committee, saying that among those killed there was:

  • A 15-year-old was found dead with $5,000, drugs and an automatic weapon.
  • Another 15-year-old who allegedly had been ransacking a car in the early morning hours at the time of his death.
  • A 16-year-old was on the police carjacking list, caught in a crossfire.
  • Two are believed to have died by suicide.

Edwards says none of the children killed who were younger than 10 this summer were at fault for anything; none of them were targets. But he says some adults and teens around them were targets

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