Mother of Bevo Mill homicide victim shot, killed in Dutchtown, p -

Mother of Bevo Mill homicide victim shot, killed in Dutchtown, police say

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SOUTH ST. LOUIS ( - Police say two shootings that left three people dead in the Bevo Mill and Dutchtown neighborhoods on Friday are related.

Paige Schaefer, 23, and James Lacey, 47, were found dead with gunshot wounds to the head in a bedroom of their home in the 4400 block of Itaska Friday afternoon.

The third victim, 54-year-old Tammie Thurmond, was found in an alley two miles away in the 4200 block of South 37th Avenue. Thurmond is Paige Schaefer's mother. She was found critically injured next to a dumpster in an alley and taken to a local hospital for treatment. Neighbors say they heard gunshots around 3:00 p.m. Friday afternoon, but Thurmond wasn't found until 5:00 p.m. She later died from her injuries.

The fourth victim, a 21-year-old woman, was shot in the head while in the home with Schaefer and Lacey. She is still in critical condition.

Police say the two shootings are connected.

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Dan Schaefer is the father of Paige and spoke to News 4 over the phone, saying he is in shock over the death of his daughter.

“She's gone too soon,” Schaefer said. He would not elaborate on the suspected shooter because he did not want to hinder the investigation.

Police say the 21-year-old victim called 911 and said the shooter was an ex-boyfriend, but did not give any other details.

The only description is a man wearing a sweatshirt and armed with a gun. Now they are looking at every aspect of the incident to determine what occurred and who might be responsible.

Schaefer says his daughter was a mother of a five-year-old boy and had only recently moved into the Itaska house.

Neighbors say it was a boarding house and they didn't know the victims except for the occasional hello and goodbye. Funeral arrangements for the victims are still pending.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers.

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