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Less than half of homicides in St. Louis City are solved every year

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By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Wednesday morning’s shooting of a 20-year-old man in North St. Louis adds to the list of unsolved homicides in the city in 2014.

Since October 1, there have been 30 homicides and the majority remain open, with no arrests. Two of those unsolved cases involve a brother and sister. Both were shot and killed on the same night, just blocks from other another.

“Unreal, it’s impossible, how and why?” wonders Nicole Rice, the sister of the two victims.

Rice has been asking those questions for a month now. On October 18, her older sister Margaree Dixson was shot and killed on the 5600 block of Lillian. Hours late, her younger brother Jermaine Jones was also just shot and killed.

Police are still looking for the people responsible.

“No answers, no answers, all my answers are to God, I don’t know nothing, I know people talk, and I have clues to what their talking about,” Rice said.

According to St. Louis Metro Police, there have been arrests in eight of the 30 homicides that have occurred since October 1, including an arrest of 63-year-old Harry Little, who allegedly killed 59-year-old Sylvia Brown.

However, 73 percent of those homicides remain open, including the Halloween shooting outside a Subway restuarant on Hampton, and the shooting of Hazelwood High School student Steve Taylor.

“I don’t blame the police because they’re doing everything they can do to find out what’s going on,” said Rice.

According to police, less than half of the homicides in the City of St. Louis are solved each year because people are afraid to speak out. That’s why Rice is urging anyone with information to come forward.

“If anyone knows anything, just what you heard, that would give a motive,” pleads Rice.

However, Rice has little faith she will ever get answers.

“It goes back to my little niece, well she's really my cousin, but i call her my niece and her murder has never been solved so you ask me if my brother rand my sisters will be? No. Because no one will talk.”

If you have any information on any of these crimes, call Crimestoppers. All tips to Crimestoppers are anonymous.

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