Mother makes plea to find murderer as numerous cases go unsolved -


Mother makes plea to find murderer as numerous cases go unsolved

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( -

Two months after her son was gun downed in the streets of St. Louis, Renee Whitfield hopes with each passing day that police will call to tell her they have found her son’s killer.

Whitfield’s 23-year-old son, Rashad Farmer, and another man were ambushed outside a home in west St. Louis City. Farmer, a soon-to-be father, was fatally shot in the chest.

“It’s very important because there’s so many unsolved murders,” Whitfield said. “I feel like as a mother you deserve to know who did this. You deserve to look this person in the eye and let them feel the pain that you felt.”

Authorities have not found the suspect and Farmer’s murder in one of the 98 open cases of more than 140 murders in the city this year.

Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed said the city needs a plan as criminals are becoming “more emboldened because it’s not ending up with them behind bars.” And to do that they need to evaluate the system and resources deployed.

However, Police Chief Sam Dotson has argued that the department needs 160 more officers to combat the problem, but the money isn’t available.

Instead, the city has enlisted the help of federal agents who are currently working with the police department to solve several open cases. One of those cases being the death of Rashad Farmer and his mother is asking anyone with information to step forward.

“I’m hoping,” she said. “I can’t lose my hope, because this happened in broad daylight. You can’t tell me someone didn’t see anything.

“Whoever did this, they destroyed him and they destroyed my family. I think people don’t realize when they just act without thinking, they don’t realize that they are just destroying people.”

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