ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) - Police continue to search for 19-year-old Daveon L. Morrison, the person they believe shot and killed a St. Charles man at a family reunion in St. Charles’ Blanchette Park Saturday night. Among those who were there, there is very little doubt as to the identity of the killer.
Willie Brown, 62, was walking in the park Sunday morning; about twelve hours after the shooting sent those attending the annual August picnic scrambling. He was in low spirits. His nephew, Martell Crump, was the one killed.
“Been around him all his life. From the time he was born,” Brown said of the 24 year old. “We heard this ‘pow’ that sounded like a firecracker. And I looked, I was standing right there, and I seen him fall in slow motion. And the dude went running off that way.”
Upon releasing the original details of the shooting, police would only say that the killer and victim knew one another. But those who know both men say there was more to it than that.
“They’re friends. For them to happen, them two together, they’re together all the time. They’re close buddies,” Raven Edwards, a friend of the victim said.
Several people who witnessed the attack told us, both on and off camera, the same name when asked about the killer. Countless witnesses saw him run off. All we spoke to were shocked that a squabble between Crump and the man universally believed to be the killer would end in violence.
“Great friends, like go out to the club friends,” Edwards said of the pair. “Like you see them in the car together. Earlier, I was in the car and saw three of them in the car together. He waved at me and everything. Like they’d be on Facebook talking to each other so this is like a surprise like, whoa! You did this to him?”
Crump had had his share of problems. He served prison time on drug and robbery charges. But his uncle says he had left that life behind. He was the father of a four month old baby whose pictures are prominent on his Facebook page. A second child is on the way.
“Changed his life around,” Brown said. “He just got out of prison and stuff. Changed his life around and got a job, a couple of jobs actually. And he was in school.”
A changing life that came to an abrupt end in front of dozens of friends and family Saturday night.
If you have any information contact St. Charles Police at 636-949-3330 or they can do so anonymously through St. Charles Crime Stoppers at 636-949-3333.