St. Louis officials beg for tips to solve child killings

Mayor Krewson announced $25,000 rewards are being offered

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August 25, 2019 - 4:06 pm
Mayor Lyda Krewson introducing St. Louis Police Chief, John Hayden

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -- Following Friday night's shooting death of an 8-year-old girl in a parking lot on Union, those in Room 200 at City Hall say "enough is enough."

Mayor Lyda Krewson announced $25,000 rewards are being offered for tips leading to the arrest and prosecution of the persons who've shot and killed five children since the end of April.

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"Conventional policing tactics are not enough," Krewson said. "We need information from the public to help us bring these shooters to justice."

Donors who wish to remain anonymous can do so. Crime Stoppers is also offering that reward for tips in any of the other child shooting cases in the city. Four of the five remain "open" cases.

The reward money offer is only good until September 1st.

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"Please help us find the shooters," said Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards. "If you or someone else you know may be hiding a shooter, please turn them in."

Police Chief John Hayden says Friday night's killing happened in the 1100 block of Union.

"Little Journey Thompson was shot to death as she stood in front of a restaurant with family members awaiting their food order," he said.

Police are asking that Crime Stoppers be considered as a way of submitting anonymous tips. Call 866-371-TIPS.

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