Family cleans up I-70 to remember loved one -

Family cleans up I-70 to remember loved one

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( – The ongoing violence in St. Louis has many families hurting, but one murder victim’s family is working to make sure their loved one is not forgotten.

“Her life was cut short so this is our way of giving back to the community in her honor,” said the family members of Tequila Sandford who was killed from gun violence three years ago. “We’re going to go out and clean the highway. That’s why we adopted this section of the highway. It’s the area we grew up in.”

The family cleaned up the section of the interstate near Union in north St. Louis.

Sandford’s family continues to seek justice for her death and the killer has yet to be caught. She was a nurse practitioner at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

“She’s not a statistic, she’s not just a number. She’s someone who would have been a leader in the community,” said Keisha Lee, the victim's cousin. “We don’t want this to go unnoticed and we will continue to search and bring her justice.”

Sandford would have been 29 this year and that’s a fact her family can’t forget. But they have a message for St. Louis residents.

“We as a people got to stop killing our kids and letting our kids get killed,” Dewight Devrouax, the victim’s father, said. “It ain’t fair to the parents and it ain’t fair to the kids.”

The family says the clean the stretch of highway several times a year. The family is still hopeful that Sandford’s killer will be caught.

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