ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–Police report “no concrete leads” in the weekend killing of Megan Boken, a Chicago-area graduate of St. Louis University who was shot and killed in an apparent botched robbery.
Police Chief Dan Isom says it appears Boken’s attacker was a stranger, who approached her car at the intersection of Maryland and Taylor. They quarrelled over something and Boken was shot, the chief said.
A SLU volleyball star, Boken was in town to participate in a charity game, then afterwards was killed outside the apartment building where she had once lived. Police say they do not know what she was doing at that location.
The shooting took place around 2:30 Saturday in what neighbors describe as a generally safe locale, but some confided that the killing is forcing them to consider moving out of the neighborhood.
One passerby commented that while the area is safe it’s “not untouchable,” located along a major north-south corridor just five minutes from a part of town where crime is more common.
Mayor Slay appeared with the Chief at the news conference, saying that he was “saddened and frustrated” by the killing. Slay vowed to do whatever he can to keep the city safe, but complained that a “proliferation of guns” is making violence harder to stop.
Boken’s murder was among three homicides and seven shootings over the weekend.
Chief Isom noted that the surveillance cameras at the scene were programmed to “view only,” and did not record tape. Looking for clues elsewhere, detectives were viewing surveillance tape from around the neighborhood for a glimpse of anyone matching the description.
The suspect is described as a black male, medium complexion, 5 8″ to 5 10″, thin build with short hair. He was wearing a grey charcoal shirt, khaki pants and white tennis shoes.
Homicide detectives want to hear from anyone may know something, or may have overheard something after the killing they can be contacted at (314) 444-5371 or you can use the Crimestoppers toll-free tip line: 1-866-371-TIPS (8477).