ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Police are looking at everything from fingerprints to possible DNA evidence in the murder of former Saint Louis University Volleyball player, Megan Boken, 23. Investigators are looking at surveillance video, too.
The Central West End Neighborhood Security Initiative announced a $20,000 reward, Monday; 24 hours after Boken’s murder during a robbery at Maryland and Taylor in the Central West End, as Boken was getting into her car.
Police are asking for help from the public in identifying a suspect. Boken’s two closest teammates very much want that, too.
“We called ourselves the ‘dream team’,” said Sarah Entzeroth.
She, Boken, and Bridget Fonke, who now plays professionally in Romania, were inseparable.
“Boken’s the baby, then Bridget, then me, “Sarah said; the three separate consecutive recruiting classes, Sarah being the oldest.
“[Boken’s] just the best. She’s the best person I know,” Sarah said through tears.
It was accident that she talked about Boken in the present tense. Life may end. Friendship like theirs never does.
“I feel like she’s with me right now,” Sarah said crying.
She’s felt that way since “Boken”, her last name a moniker of love from her teammates, joined the SLU volleyball team; Sarah, a junior, and “Boken” a freshman.
They formed a bond that will endure even this.
“I’m so sad, so sad. But I’m so thankful, so thankful that I did get to see her these last few days and spend time with her and hear her laugh,” Sarah said, sobbing.
Megan Boken’s friends and family were bolstered by the sizable reward announced of just 48 hours after the crime, Saturday afternoon, around 2:20 p.m.
Sarah and Megan had just parted ways, leaving Sarah’s apartment in the Central West End.
Megan was staying there while in town for job interviews and an alumni volleyball game at SLU.
Sarah had gone to look at a house she’s buying, with a room set aside for Megan who was planning to move back to St. Louis.
Megan went to the game where her sister was waiting to see her.
“I texted Boken at like 3:15, just saying, ‘I found the house. You’re going to be so excited. You’ll love your room.’ Of course I didn’t hear back from her,” Sarah said.
She didn’t know anything had happened until she saw a number of missed calls on her cell phone were from Megan’s hometown of Wheaton, IL, outside of Chicago.
She went looking for Megan’s car after listening to a message from Megan’s worried mother.
“She said, ‘Sarah, something’s happened to Megan. I don’t know what,” Sarah said, breaking down into tears. “[The car] wasn’t there. It was just a crime scene … I just knew … I just knew,” she said, fading to tears again.
“She’s the most beautiful person. She’s so sweet. I just love her so much. I just love her so much. It just hurts.
“The thing we ought to be concentrating on here is an innocent victim who was murdered by a heartless, mindless, spineless thug who needs to get caught,” said St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, at the news conference announcing the reward.
Nothing would break Megan’s heart more than to see this happen to see this happen to someone else… he needs to be off the street so he can’t hurt other people. That’s all Megan would care about,” Sarah said.
Police say the suspect is an African American male; 5’8” to 5’10” tall; with short hair; in a charcoal shirt, khakis, and white sneakers at the time of the crime.
If you have any information call Crimestoppers at 866-371-TIPS. You don’t have to leave your name and remember that reward, $10,000 dollars.
There are no leads in this case.
Visitation and Funeral Services for Megan Boken:
Wednesday, August 22, 3-9 pm
St. Francis High School, 2130 W. Roosevelt Rd., Wheaton, IL