First St. Louis Homicides of 2013 Occur Thursday Night

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis has recorded its first two homicides of 2013.

It began when a man was shot multiple times in the 5000 block of Kensington Ave. Thursday evening. The man, believed to be in his 20s, was shot in the chest and died inside a nearby home.

Kensington is known by many St. Louisans as the setting for the book and film “Meet Me In St. Louis,” comprised from a series of short vignettes titled “5135 Kensington.” In the film, the lyrics “I live at fifty-one thirty-five Kensington Avenue/And she lives at fifty-one thirty-three” are sung.

The other homicide occurred outside a beauty supply store in the 3900 block of South Grand. Police say two suspects became involved in an altercation within the Beauty Queen store with an employee and his friend just before 7 o’clock Thursday night. The argument continued outside where the suspects opened fire, killing the acquaintance and wounding the store’s employee. The suspects are described as black males driving a dark-colored Buick.

Investigations into both shootings continue and police have no suspects in either case. Last year, there were 113 homicides in St. Louis.

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