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‘We are simply devastated’: family reacts after man charged with murder in Shaw neighborhood

It was the first murder in the neighborhood this year.
Published: May. 21, 2022 at 9:07 PM CDT
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ST. LOUIS (KMOV) - On Friday night, Christopher Brennan was shot and killed in the backyard of his home in the Shaw neighborhood in south St. Louis City.

“Chris was an amazing husband, father, sibling, friend and so much more who was taken too soon due to a senseless act,” a family spokesperson said.

Police said Brennan, 47, was shot in the head and killed around 7:20 p.m. in the 4000 block of Flora near Tower Grove Park.

Christopher Brennan was shot and killed in his backyard Friday in the 4000 block of Flora.
Christopher Brennan was shot and killed in his backyard Friday in the 4000 block of Flora.(Brennan family)

Witnesses and surveillance video helped police quickly track down the suspect.

Kyle A. Stone, 20, was arrested and charged with murder and armed criminal action in connection to the shooting. Surveillance footage captured the entire incident, according to a probable cause statement.

Witnesses told News 4 Brennan was taking out the trash when he was shot. The shooting was a random act of violence, according to neighbors.

Court documents state police watched surveillance video showing someone approaching Brennan in his backyard and pulling out a gun. The two struggled briefly before Brennan was shot. The suspect then fled the area, police said. Police later identified the person in the surveillance video to be Stone.

“We have not had anything like this happen since approximately 30 years ago,” said Gary Hosna, a board of director for the Shaw Neighborhood Ownership Model. “Some of the neighbors on the block have called me expressing their concern. My understanding--great person and it’s really impacting people.”

Neighbors hung up green ribbons on trees and homes after the murder. A sign on Flora said they were in honor of Chris Brennan, “Our Irishman.”

“The breadth and depth of grief shared by so many at the loss of one man speak volumes to how many lives Chris has touched. We are simply devastated by the loss and our love for Chris is never-ending,” a family spokesperson told News 4.

Brennan leaves behind a wife and a young son.

The Shaw Nom is working to see if Kyle Stone could be connected to other crimes in the neighborhood.

“We work directly with the police department-forwarding information from those cameras,” Hosna said. “Recently, we had a spate of crimes related to garage break-ins and that type of thing. We’re about double where we’re at this type of year.”

According to police, from January to April there were nine assaults and six robberies in the Shaw Neighborhood.

Hartford Coffee in Tower Grove South shared surveillance photos of several recent thefts at the coffee shop. The suspect in their photos appears to be the same person charged in the Shaw homicide.

Stone remains locked up at the St. Louis Justice Center.