(KMOV) – The murder of a former police officer generated another call for an end to senseless violence in the St. Louis area.
Tyrone Thompson was an investigator for the Missouri Attorney General’s office. He was also a former police chief in Pagedale.
In June, he was killed during an attempted robbery.
The Tyrone Thompson Institute for Nonviolence was officially launched on Friday, January 14 – the weekend leading up to the Martin Luther King Holiday.
The institute is housed in north St. Louis inside the William Harrison Education Center, which is part of St. Louis Community College.
The center aims to work with troubled St. Louis students through mentoring and tutoring with suspended students in the city schools.
It’s a goal of nonviolence at a time as St. Louisans and people around the nation are remembering Dr. King’s message.