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Tower Grove South honors man, shows what it means to be neighbors

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Dozens gather to man shot and killed Friday night in Tower Grove South neighborhood. (Credit:KMOV) Dozens gather to man shot and killed Friday night in Tower Grove South neighborhood. (Credit:KMOV)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A man is being remembered after he was shot and killed Friday night when he was visiting Tower Grove South.

Neighbors said the victim was visiting the area for the birth of his grandchild.

The neighborhood organized a candlelight vigil Sunday where they marched the block to show support for the victim’s family.

Police said a man in his 60’s was shot in the neck just before 10 p.m. Friday in the 3800 block Juniata Street.

Neighbors met at Juniata and Gustine Sunday for a moment of silence and then walked the block.

“I won’t stay behind my doors because of my dog and I won’t stay behind my fear I will bring it out and light my candle and put some hope into the streets,” said Jeffrey Deutsch who has lived in the neighborhood for more than 20 years.

It wasn’t just longtime residents who came out to show their support over the weekend.  A couple who is about to get married is going to call the neighborhood home as a family. They decided to come to make their presence known and get to know their neighbors.

“Even though I live in the county I can’t say I know a lot of my neighbors, here I’ve met so many people and the block that I will be moving to they’re wonderful neighbors,” said Erica Foster.

The crime has really touched the entire community.

 “We don’t see crimes of those magnitude here that often it’s been probably a year since we’ve had a homicide and so whenever something like that does happen it really shakes our community,” said Ward 15 Alderwoman Megan Green.

Alderwoman Green said she hopes the next city administration realizes now is the time for change.

“I hope that the next mayor and the next leadership that comes in really takes a critical look at what’s working other paces and see how we can tailor that to our needs to get a handle on our crime issues,” said Green.

Police have not released suspect information and are investigating the crime.

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