St. Louis County homicide rate on track to pass 2014 record - KMOV.com

St. Louis County homicide rate on track to pass 2014 record

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A man was murdered in the 9800 block of Dennis Drive just before midnight Tuesday A man was murdered in the 9800 block of Dennis Drive just before midnight Tuesday
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Two teenage boys died of gunshot wounds in the past three days in North County, bringing the number of homicide investigations in St. Louis County to 15 so far this year.

On Monday, 16-year-old Jamon Spates was shot to death by suspects driving by while gathered with a group of other teens near the intersection of Lavida and Redman.

Late Tuesday night, 18-year-old DeMarco Watson was fatally shot while sitting on the porch of a home in the 9800 block of Dennis Drive.

Also on Tuesday night, a group of teenagers were robbed and shot at while sitting in a car at the intersection of Redman and Old Halls Ferry Road. One of the teens sustained a head abrasion in the robbery, but believed it was not a from a bullet but from being punched.

With the 15 homicide investigations St. Louis County is  working on so far in 2015, they are on track to eclipse the 2014 record of 26.

In most of the cases, police said, the victim and suspect have been connected.

North County residents told News 4's Brittany Noble-Jones that they are overwhelmed by the crime and said real change needs to happen at home first.

"We as older people, we most definitely have to come together to get some kind of program together for our youth, so we can show them that's not the way," said Randy Clark, who lives in North County.

Other residents have changed their lifestyle in response to the high crime rates.Bush said he spends a lot of time at home because he is afraid of the problems he could face on the streets of North St. Louis county.

"I changed my lifestyle as far as going places, doing things, a lot of things," said Bush.

To protect the community, police are adding extra patrols and a hot spot policing method to attack crime.
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