ST. LOUIS – A reward is now being offered in the murder of a former Saint Louis University volleyball player who was gunned down in the Central West End during a failed robbery attempt.on Saturday.
Police say 23-year-old Megan Boken was sitting in her white Volkswagen near the intersection of N. Taylor and Maryland Avenue around 2:30 p.m.
She was outside an apartment building where she used to live while attending the university.
There were conflicting reports from police and witnesses about the gunman. Some said he’d been inside Boken’s car, then exited, turned around, and shot her. Others witnesses said he was not in the car at all.
The gunman reportedly fled the scene on foot. Boken was taken to Barnes Jewish Hospital, where medical personnel pronounced her dead.
A $10,000 reward is now being offered by the Cental West End NSI for information leading to a suspect's arrest, police said during a news conference on Monday.
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Police say the motive is still unknown. They describe the suspected gunman as an African-American male, in his mid-20’s, 5’8” to 5’10”, with a thin build and a short haircut.
Boken was reportedly in St. Louis for a reunion game for former SLU volleyball players, scheduled to take place about two hours after she was killed.
"This loss is devastating to our family, the Saint Louis University community, the volleyball community and her many friends. Megan was a shining example of how to live a life for others ... More than her athletic achievements, Megan showed us all what it meant to be a teammate and a friend. She was a model for how to prepare, how to inspire others on and off the court, and how to compete at the highest level purely for the joy of it."
A post-game gathering set for Saturday night was canceled when players and school officials learned of her death.
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.”
Homicide detectives want to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity of the attack Saturday - they can be contacted at (314) 444-5371. Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call the Crimestoppers toll-free tip line: 1-866-371-TIPS (8477).