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Florissant residents on edge following mechanic's murder; $10,000 reward offered

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FLORISSANT, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Neighbors of a usually quiet St. Louis County city are pleading with their police chief after a fatal shooting.

It’s hard to image a callous killing took place just down the street from historic churches, schools, donut shops and restaurants in Florissant. The area was relatively quiet until Alan Roach, 57, was murdered at Montgomery Auto Parts on August 20.

“Al was a very quiet guy, he showed up for work every day,” fellow employee George Erling said. “He was just a good guy.”

Erling has worked at the auto repair shop on Washington Street since 1990 and worked with Roach starting in 1999.

“It was just a tragic, senseless murder that should have never been,” said Erling. “Your friend, your coworker, your colleague was shot dead right in this shop. Yeah, right where you’re standing.”

Roach’s murderer, police said, burst into the auto shop and fired the fatal gunshots.

“He exited the building very quickly after the shot was fired and he didn’t take anything from the store,” Police Chief Timothy Lowery said. “We don’t see this type of violence in the City of Florissant.”

When most people think about Florissant they picture the historic part of town which features an Old St. Ferdinand Shrine, Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Hendel’s Café, which are all on the National Register of Historic Places.

“I was born and raised here, I went to high school in the neighborhood, I went to local schools,” said Chief Lowery. “My wife and I, we raised our son here, we live in the middle of town not too far away from where this happened. This is very personal and this happened so close to home.”

Chief Lowery said this is the eighth homicide to take place in Florissant in under a decade.

“Those homicides that we’ve had in the past have either been domestic related or possibly drug related, this is the first homicide that we’ve had in a long time,” Chief Lowery said.

Roach’s homicide has shaken the psyche of families in Florissant.

“We walk our children to school and we want this neighborhood to be safe and I wouldn’t think something would happen like that so close to home,” Florissant resident Jennifer Jauernig said.

“It’s hit our community very hard. I can tell you that we’ve had a lot of phone calls, a lot of emails about people very concerned about the safety of the City of Florissant and I promise you, and I promise them that our city is a very safe city,” said Chief Lowery.

There is currently a $10,000 reward being offered to anyone with information leading to an arrest in Roach’s murder.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.

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