Police search for suspects in U. City teen's shooting death

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by KMOV.com staff / Ray Preston

KMOV.com

Posted on June 21, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 5:19 AM

Plymouth Road and Sutter Univeristy City, MO

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UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOV) -- Police are still searching for suspects in the shooting death of a University City teenager Thursday night.

Destinee Clemons, 17, and a 23-year-old woman were sitting on the front porch when police say a red car drove up to the home on Plymouth Road near Sutter.

The four men inside were said to be yelling at a house. Moments later, shots were fired. 

Clemons was killed. The other woman was wounded but is expected to survive.

Clemons graduated from Rockwood's Individualized Learning Center last month. In a graduation speech, she talked about overcoming obstacles to earn her high school diploma.

"I knew that I could not let my parents and older siblings down," Clemons wrote. "Especially because one of my brothers did not have the opportunity to walk across the stage and he told me that I could accomplish that for both of us.

Authorities said a red 2012 Toyota Corolla was the vehicle used in the shooting.

Police are searching for four "persons of interest," described as black males in dark clothing. One of the suspects reportedly had dreadlocks.

Shortly before 7:00 on Friday morning, an officer was seen walking a handcuffed man with dreadlocks into the police department. Officers would not comment on whether the man was a suspect in the shooting.

A man who lives down the street from the shooting scene told News 4 that he heard the gunshots.

"It sounded like an assault rifle, brat tat tat," said Chico Jones who was a block away at the time.  He said he heard about five shots. He described the teenager as coming from a "beautiful family."

"About 5 shots let off, and a 17-year-old girl killed," Jones said. "Lost her life. High school graduate lost her life. Didn't bother no one. (They) worked, went to school and everything."

The 23-year-old victim has not been identified. Officials said her injuries are not life-threatening.

Click here to read Destinee Clemons' high school graduation speech.

 

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