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Girl, 15, killed in Walnut Park West neighborhood described as 'joyous, 'bright student'

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Investigators in the 6000 block of Thekla after a teenage girl was killed Tuesday (Credit: KMOV) Investigators in the 6000 block of Thekla after a teenage girl was killed Tuesday (Credit: KMOV)
Toni Stevenson (Credit: Patrick Wallace, St. Louis Public Schools) Toni Stevenson (Credit: Patrick Wallace, St. Louis Public Schools)
NORTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

 A 15-year-old girl was shot and killed in the Walnut Park West neighborhood Tuesday night.

The teen was sitting the driver’s seat of a parked vehicle in the 6000 block of Thekla, in the Walnut Park West neighborhood, around 7 p.m. when she was shot by two men, police said.

Jason Watkins, is a senior at Northwest and says he knew Toni for about two years.

"I don't see why her? Out of all people,  why her? I've never seen her into it with anybody," said Watkins. 

Watkins says she was always positive, always smiling and was a star athlete.

Patrick Wallace with the St. Louis Public School District identified the teenager as Toni Stevenson, a student at Northwest Academy of Law.

Wallace said Stevenson played basketball, soccer and volleyball, and was also a member of the after school social justice club.

Stevenson was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

"She lost her mother last year, I do know that," said Wallace.  "That's one of the things that make sit more difficult for the staff here. They kind of took her in under their wings and gave her extra comfort in her time of need over the last year. So again it's a real loss for not only her fellow students, but also the staff who feels like they lost a child."

Wallace told News 4 counselors and extra security would be at the school throughout the day Wednesday. 

Descriptions of the suspects have not been released.

The investigation is ongoing.

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