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Tower Grove South residents talk crime after grandfather is killed

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The neighborhood listens on as local police speak at a meeting. (Credit: KMOV) The neighborhood listens on as local police speak at a meeting. (Credit: KMOV)
SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

A 16-year-old is under arrest for the murder of a 72-year-old grandfather who was visiting Tower Grove South.

Police said 72-year-old Kenneth Spalter from New York was killed Friday during an attempted carjacking along Juniata.

Wednesday night, the neighborhood held its regularly scheduled meeting.

They discussed the recent murder and police were there to answer questions.

“It’s very disturbing, you wonder what you can do to stop this. I don’t think anybody has an answer,” said neighbor Joe Willenbrock.

The officer at the meeting called the crime ‘a random act’.

Officers said cutting trees back and lighting upgrades in the area have helped address crime.

They suggest leaving porch lights on all night and encourage all neighbors to get security cameras.

Some said they are considering the purchase since police said video helped in this case.

“If I can help someone with the case, cameras don’t lie, you are who you are so that’s what made me think about that. If that can help them solve crimes then I’m all for it,” said neighbor Angela Vaughn.

The 16-year-old suspect is being held at the Juvenile Courts for Murder 2nd, two counts of Robbery 1st and 2 counts of Armed Criminal Action connected to the homicide that occurred in the 3800 block of Juniata according to police.

Police said he was arrested Sunday connected to an armed robbery that happened in the 3200 block of Samuel Shepard on Friday, the same day Spalter was killed.

Police are still looking for a second suspect in this case.

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