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Neighbors, friends remember 15-year-old girl who was gunned down

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Toni Stevenson (Credit: Patrick Wallace, St. Louis Public Schools) Toni Stevenson (Credit: Patrick Wallace, St. Louis Public Schools)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Friends and neighbors are remembering the 15-year-old girl who was shot and killed in the Walnut Park West neighborhood Tuesday night.

Toni Stevenson 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.

A neighbor who had watched Stevenson grow up and nicknamed her "'Boom Boom" heard the gunshots and went outside. She asked us not to reveal her identity for her safety.

"We noticed the car windows were shot out. We went over there and she was in the car, shot, and I went on the passenger side and I said 'hold on Boom, Boom help is coming'. You know she looked at me and took a breath and I said 'hold on, I don't need you to breath, just hold on' and she looked at me and took her last breath," the neighbor said. 

Stevenson is being remembered as a bright and happy person who was a good student and never got into trouble. Neighbors are mourning her loss.

Van Tyler told News 4,"It's tragic, I'm very saddened. I had difficulty sleeping last night just thinking about, you know, what had happened."

Jason Watkins, a senior at Northwest, said  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 said she was always positive, always smiling and was a star athlete.

When asked why a good student who never got into trouble would be targeted, James Clark of Better Family Life said she was the victim of the violence that's become the norm in the city's broken neighborhoods.

"It's a strong web of crime and it's a strong web of violence and we're all trapped in it. It's just a matter of who will be the next person, the next innocent person or the next intended person to fall victim of this web."

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