UPDATE: Residents Show Support for Tower Grove Shooting Victim

UPDATE: Feb. 16, 2017 – A 16-year-old is being held at juvenile court on several charges including second degree murder and armed criminal action. St Louis police say the charges are in connection with the death of 72-year-old Kenneth Spalter of New York on February 10th in the 3800 block of Juniata.

Detectives took the teen into custody Sunday in connection to an armed robbery that occurred hours before Spalter was killed. A car was stolen in that armed robbery that police now believe was used in the attempted car jacking and homicide of Spalter. Investigators believe two suspects approached Spalter and tried to steal his car. They say there was a struggle and Spalter was shot. The search for a second suspect continues.

UPDATE: Feb. 14, 2017 – Police are asking Tower Grove Heights residents for help in figuring out who killed a man visiting from New York late Friday night.

They’re looking for anyone with an external home surveillance system, who hasn’t already talked to police, in the 3800 blocks of Juniata, Hartford and Connecticut, plus the 31 to 3200 blocks of Spring and Gustine.

72-year-old Kenneth Spalter was in town to see the birth of his grandchild. He was killed during what police think was an armed robbery attempt in the 3800 block of Juniata.

Previous reporting Feb. 13, 2017 –

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Residents came out in droves Sunday evening to express their grief and sorrow in the wake of a fatal shooting in the Tower Grove Heights neighborhood.

The shooting occurred Friday night when a man in his 60’s who was visiting his daughter who had just given birth was fatally shot in the neck at Juniata and Gustine.

Deborah Knox Deierman, security coordinator for her block in the Tower Grove Heights neighborhood association, says it’s important for the neighborhood to show their support.

“We’ve always been a wonderful neighborhood with wonderful neighbors and we need to be able to come together to support each other when things like this happen,” she says.

Barbara Gilchrist of Tower Grove South addressed the gathering. Her message to the victim’s family was one of solidarity.

“We stand with you. We extend our collective arms around you,” she said.

Tower Grove Heights resident Richard Buthod was asked if the murder would cause him to pack up and leave, but he plans to stay, saying he prefers to focus on the good years he’s spent in the neighborhood rather than the “terrible moments”. Buthod also offered his support to the family and friends of the victim.

“The cruelty of the violence, the pain of the survivors, can’t be comforted tonight, can’t be comforted with a thousand people walking,” he said.

It’s believed the victim, whose name has not been released, was killed during an armed robbery or carjacking attempt.

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