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.”

The Cupples Station Loft Apartments, 1023 Spruce Street, are located just south of the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse on Friday, March 25, 2022 in downtown St. Louis. A boy and girl were found dead in a third-floor apartment early Friday, and police are investigating their deaths as a murder-suicide. Photo by Robert Cohen, [email protected]

Robert Cohen

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.

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