Greg Branson/Brad Choat

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis police continue to look for a motive in Saturday’s daytime murder of a former St. Louis University volleyball player in the city’s Central West End.

Twenty-three-year-old Megan Boken was shot twice while sitting in her car at the corner of Taylor and Maryland, around 2:30 p.m.

Police, quoting a witness, said a male suspect appeared to be trying to enter her vehicle, or had just gotten out, right before the shooting occured. According to the statement, the suspect and Boken appeared to be arguing and shouting, when he fired shots into the vehicle. Police say the suspect then fled on foot.

Boken was struck in the neck. She was taken to Barnes Jewish Hospital, where medical personnel pronounced her dead.

Police are looking for an African-American male, in his mid-20’s, 5’8″ to 5’10”, with a thin build and a short haircut. Investigators are also seeking any video from nearby surveillance cameras that could aid in the investigation.

Boken — a 2011 SLU graduate, who played on the Billikens volleyball squad for all four years of her collegiate career — had moved to Chicago, but was back in town for an alumni game. According to a report by KTVI, the area where she was shot is near an apartment where she once lived.

Homicide detectives want to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity of the attack Saturday – they can be contacted at  (314) 444-5371 or you can use the Crimestoppers toll-free tip line: 1-866-371-TIPS (8477).

St. Louis University issued this statement, after learning about the killing:

We are shocked and saddened by this terrible and tragic loss. Megan was a truly outstanding student-athlete who excelled in the classroom and on the court. She exemplified the very best of what it means to be a Saint Louis University Billiken. Our focus right now is on providing as much support as we can for our students, and our thoughts and prayers are with Megan’s family and friends during this very difficult time.”

St. Louis University Campus Ministry representatives and SLU counselors have met with student-athletes and remain available for consultation.

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