CENTRAL WEST END, Mo. (KMOV)--Since Megan Boken, a 23-year-old former SLU volleyball player, was shot and killed in the Central West End on Aug. 18, many people in the area have questioned their safety.
“Everybody wants to talk about not just that crime, but what’s going on in the Central West End,” Jim Whyte said.
As the executive director of the Central West End Neighborhood Safety Initiative, Whyte said neighbors will get the chance to talk about the Boken murder, other crimes and safety measures during the CWENSI monthly meeting Wednesday night.
The public gathering will take over the Schafly Library, starting at 5:45 pm. It is the first time since Boken’s death since the group has met.
Whyte anticipates a full house for the monthly meeting and is ready to discuss some of the proactive policing already happening in the St. Louis neighborhood.
An increase in supplemental patrol—in the form of off-duty police officers—has already been initiated. A network of security cameras also monitors hot spots in the area, but Whyte said the greatest help will come from vigilant neighbors who want to get involved in tracking cases.
“It’s a discussion that we as a community should have,” the retired police officer said. “We’ll have police officials on hand to help us with that discussion.”
There are more issues the CWENSI has to discuss than Boken’s death. However, Whyte knows it is a topic, a tragedy that will be in the forefront of many people’s minds.
“I certainly think that that tragic death will weigh heavily on our decisions moving forward,” Whyte said. “I’d like to think moving down the road this will make the Central West End a safer community.”