Death of boy and girl in downtown St. Louis investigated for murder-suicide | Law and order
UPDATE at 2:22 p.m. Saturday with boy and girl names.
ST. LOUIS — A boy and girl were found dead in a downtown St. Louis apartment early Friday, and police are investigating their deaths as a murder-suicide.
They were found after a gunshot around 2 a.m. Friday at South 10th and Spruce streets.
Police said the boy was 14 and the girl 12. They were identified Saturday as Kuaron Harvey, 14, of the 5800 block of Ferris Avenue in St. Louis, and Paris Harvey, 12, of the 5800 block of Labadie Avenue in St. Louis. An incident report did not specify if or how the two were related. Family members said they were cousins.
The girl is branded a ‘suspicious’ as police investigators believe she caused the boy’s death and then killed herself.
For hours police remained mum on the crime, concealing the ages of those involved and saying only that a man and woman were discovered at 2.07am unconscious and not breathing after a gunshot.
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Brian Powe was outside Cupples Station Loft Apartments on Friday afternoon with his two dogs. He said he had lived in the building, at 1023 Spruce Street, for almost 14 years.
Powe said he heard the shooting from his third-floor apartment around 1:30 a.m. and that it happened in another unit on the same floor.
Powe said he heard two pops and initially thought they were firecrackers. He later learned it was a shooting.
“The apartment owners weren’t even there,” Powe said. “Because they rent it out like an Airbnb.”
Another resident, who only gave Dom’s first name, said he heard a woman scream around the same time.
“I’m on lunch break right now, and almost all the time I’ve been at work, I’ve heard echoes of this mother screaming,” he said. “I’ve been thinking about that all morning.”
Cupples Station Loft Apartments is a large brick apartment building just two blocks northwest of Busch Stadium. To the south of the building is a vacant lot and a parking garage. To the north is the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse.
It was a violent 12 hours across the city, between about 9:30 p.m. Thursday and 8:45 a.m. Friday.
A man was found shot dead in a vehicle in the district of Baden. A 14-year-old boy was injured after being shot in the hand in the Parc LaSalle neighborhood.
And a St. Louis police officer escaped injury after being stabbed in his body armor by a knife-wielding assailant in the Walnut Park East neighborhood. The officer’s partner shot and seriously injured the man with the knife.
Valerie Schremp Hahn and Kim Bell Post-Dispatch staff contributed to this report.
They were found dead in a third-floor apartment in downtown St. Louis.
The boy was shot dead around 9pm in the 1400 block of North Eighth Street while standing in a parking lot with two other teenagers.
The teenager was one of three men injured; he was shot in the face but was conscious when taken to hospital, officers said.
Terrion Smith was found shot dead in the lobby of the Ely Walker Lofts at 1520 Washington Avenue.
The girl was in stable condition after accidentally shooting herself, police said.
Police first responded to an alarm sounding in the 9300 block of Lewis and Clark Boulevard.
The boys, aged 17 and 16, arrived at Barnes-Jewish Hospital on Thursday evening.
The teenager was shot at around 11:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of Hickory Lane in the Clinton-Peabody housing complex.
The 13-year-old boy was shot just before noon on Sunday but returned fire to the group that shot him, police said.
The children, both girls, were shot in the legs, police said.
The boys told police they were heading to a pizzeria when they heard gunshots behind them.
The child was playing in her front yard on the 3700 block of Minnesota Avenue around 1:30 p.m. when she was shot in the ankle.
Officers fired on the car Christopher Jones was in after it hit a police cruiser. Police were investigating a “suspicious vehicle”.
A family member said the girl was on her way to a gathering at her grandmother’s house on Bessie Avenue when an altercation broke out at the house.
Police responded to a call for gunfire around 11 a.m. and found a boy on the ground with a gunshot wound to the shoulder.
The teenager was not cooperating with police trying to investigate, officers said.