ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Two 18-year-old suspects have been arrested in the shooting death of former St. Louis University volleyball player Megan Boken, St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom announced Thursday.
Police said charges would be presented to the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office on Friday.
Isom credits what he calls “good detective work.”
A source told News 4 the first suspect was picked up in Bel Nor, but no address was given. It was not known when authorities picked up the second suspect.
Authorities said the suspects were arrested after one of their girlfriends called police.
While no other information was released, police said they believe the shooting resulted from an attempted robbery.
Isom said police were also looking into whether the suspects were involved with other recent robberies in the Central West End.
Police say the shooting happened while Boken, 23, was sitting in her white Volkswagen near the intersection of N. Taylor and Maryland Avenue around 2:30 p.m. Saturday. According to police, she was outside an apartment building 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.
Funeral services Boken were held Thursday in Wheaton, Ill.
On Wednesday, the Washington University School of Medicine donated an additional $10,000 to the fund.
In a statement released Thursday, the Boken's father praised the hard work of police:
“I understand that the St Louis Police Department apprehended several suspects in this case. We are gratified with the progress in this case and with the efforts of the St Louis Police Department. We also are very appreciative of the efforts of several people in the Central West End who came to our daughter Megan’s aid after the incident. I would like to thank the St Louis Police Department for their hard work and those individuals who have come forward to assist in this case.
I would like to thank the communities of St Michael’s Catholic Church, St Francis High School and Saint Louis University who have been so supportive of our family over the last several days. The services for our daughter took place simultaneously in Wheaton, Illinois at St Michael’s and at Saint Louis University, and were of great comfort to our family.”
Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call the Crimestoppers toll-free tip line: 1-866-371-TIPS (8477).