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Arrest made in slew of St. Louis shootings, murders including Rockwood student

Published: May. 20, 2022 at 10:32 AM CDT
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - A 22-year-old man linked to a string of crimes, including two murders, across St. Louis City was arrested.

Detectives were able to connect four crimes that span across north and south St. Louis to Graylon Lindsey, 22. Warrants are being applied at the Circuit Attorney’s Office, police said Friday.

The first shooting happened on May 7, 2021, when officers found a badly beaten woman outside a vacant building in the 1900 block of Coleman just before 10:30 p.m. in the Jeff-Vander-Lou neighborhood. A woman in her 40s allegedly jumped out the window after being shot multiple times. She was badly beaten and had blunt force trauma to her face.

Nearly one month later, a 54-year-old man was found shot in his head on June 15, 2021, near Theodosia and Academy. The victim told police he was dropping a woman off when the suspect walked to the driver’s side window of his car. The men got into an argument before the suspect shot him.

Investigators then connected the gunman to two murders that occurred in May. Arriell Dixon, 25, was found fatally shot in the 4200 block of Obear Avenue in the Fairgrounds neighborhood around 1:10 a.m. on May 5. During a violent weekend, police tell News 4 that Kyierah Jeffries, 16, was found shot outside the 5900 block of Minnesota on May 14. She was taken to a hospital, where she later died.

“I’m just hurting because I don’t understand why he took my baby,” said Cheryl Ford, Jeffries’ mother. ”Like, why would you take my baby. I don’t understand why he would do something like that. He’s young.”

“He stays in jail. He doesn’t need to be out. That type of person is just mean to the world,” said Cherie Ford, Jeffries’ aunt. “I think he was just out here just hurting these women.”

Friday St. Louis Metropolitan Police chief John Hayden wouldn’t definitively call the suspect a serial killer.

“The term serial killer has different definitions depending on what jurisdiction you’re in,” Hayden said.

The Rockwood School District released the following statement following Jeffries’ death:

“The Rockwood School District is shocked and saddened to learn about the tragedy that resulted in the loss of Kyierah Jeffries from Eureka High School. Our sincere thoughts and sympathies are with her family and the educators and friends who knew and loved her. We have assembled our crisis team at Eureka and will have counselors, social workers and social-emotional behavior specialists on hand this week for students and staff who will need assistance. We will also be supporting the families and friends of Kyierah’s siblings to ensure they have the assistance they need.”

Anyone with information is urged to call the Homicide Division directly at 314-444-5371, or anyone with a tip who wants to remain anonymous and is interested in a reward can contact CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).

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