NORTH ST. LOUIS (KTVI)-Family and friends of Deondre Lamont Elem are still in shock after the 29-year- old was shot and killed during a botched robbery at the 4300 block of east Fairfax Court Thursday night. Elem met with the alleged shooter because he was selling his 2002 Monte Carlo.
Elem spent years customizing the car he got from his mother. He posted it online for sale and at some point the alleged shooter set-up a meeting to buy the car. During the meeting, Elem was shot and killed and his car was stolen.
Family members Sade Campbell and Michelle Garnett say the hardworking truck driver and father of three was just trying to make some extra money for the holidays.
“He was a father basically the rock of our family we are all here and a big part of us is missing. He worked everyday worked for what he had he did no harm.” said Garnett
“I am deeply hurt I have a heavy heart my son has lost his father over a senseless crime I just don’t understand why someone would take someone so innocent.” said Campbell
On Friday night, police located the stolen car at the 4800 block of north 20th Street. According to St. Louis City Police, the accused 17-year-old shooter was inside of a home nearby. The suspect surrendered to police and was taken into custody without incident.
“He was the light of everything. He was there for everybody. You can call him to talk to him about anything he would be there for you,” said Garnett of Elem. “Everything was positive. You didn’t get anything negative from him.”
The family is in the process of planning a prayer vigil for Sunday night.