ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Two 18 year olds were arrested in the death of former SLU student Megan Boken.
Both suspects are described as black males from St. Louis. Charges are expected to be filed Friday.
FOX 2 was the only media team in the neighborhood where police broke this case wide open.
There was a large police presence in North County all day starting with undercover officers who detained the possible shooter in Saturday’s murder and took him in for questioning.
Then the SWAT team came in. FOX 2 shot exclusive video of St. Louis city SWAT operatives going into the home where the 18 year old stayed. They were in and out quickly and then it was up to evidence techs to scour the home.
They removed bags of evidence. Undercover officers also brought a second suspect near the home. They pointed it out to him as they asked him questions about the case. That suspect could be the possible driver in this weekend’s murder.
A key piece of evidence in this case is an item stolen in another possible crime. Police were able to link this piece of property to the possible shooter as he discussed the crime with his friends. It broke the case wide open.
Authorities say while they are questioning suspects and witnesses, anyone with information should continue to contact police.
Boken was murdered last Saturday afternoon in the Central West End in what was believed to be a botched robbery attempt. Boken was in town visiting friends.
Funeral services for Boken were held Thursday morning in Wheaton, Illinois. Friends of Boken in St. Louis held a vigil at St. Francis Xavier College at the same time.
Donations have topped more than $30,000 as a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. It’s the largest reward ever offered in the St. Louis area.
Statement from Paul Boken, Megan Boken’s Father
August 23, 2012
“I understand that the St Louis Police Department apprehended several suspects in this case. We are gratified with the progress in this case and with the efforts of the St Louis Police Department. We also are very appreciative of the efforts of several people in the Central West End who came to our daughter Megan’s aid after the incident. I would like to thank the St Louis Police Department for their hard work and those individuals who have come forward to assist in this case.
I would like to thank the communities of St Michael’s Catholic Church, St Francis High School and Saint Louis University who have been so supportive of our family over the last several days. The services for our daughter took place simultaneously in Wheaton, Illinois at St Michael’s and at Saint Louis University, and were of great comfort to our family.”