Mother of murder victim frustrated over investigation into son’s death

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – It’s become a tipping point in the outcry against violence in St. Louis:  the July 13 murder of Rashad Farmer, 23, the nephew of a city alderman.

4 months after the murder Farmer has become a father.  He has a 3 week old son, Rashad Jr.

The killer is still free.  Two days before thanksgiving, that’s a tough thing for grandma.

“I want to look this person in the eye.  I want to let them know that he wasn’t just a normal kid out here.  He was my son.  He meant the world to me,” said Renee Whitfield, mother to Rashad Farmer, grandmother to Rashad Jr.

She wants to remind people there`s a $10,000 reward in the case.

She also wants them to see Rashad's new son and think about what Thanksgiving will be like at their house this year.

“It is going to be very, very, hard to prepare a meal, I know,” she said with a sigh.  But she will fold her hands for the new set of hands, Rashad Jr’s.  His dad and mom found they were having a boy this summer.

At least the baby still has mom and grandma.

“He does but I’m not like daddy.  I can’t teach him how to do some things but I’ll try my best,” Whitfield said.  “[Rashad Sr] was so looking forward to having a son.  He was like, ‘my junior, my son.’  He looked at the ultrasound pictures and just smiled.”

Two weeks later they learned the little boy would never get to see his daddy.

Whitfield pleaded for someone to come forward during at vigil at the scene on Lotus near Goodfellow two days after the murder.

Months have passed.  No suspect has been identified.  Witnesses say Rashad must have been an unintended target; two gunmen, on foot, kept shooting after he was hit.

Someone knows who did it.  Farmer’s mother will be praying they do the right thing.

“And praying for my grandbaby that he won’t have to end up the same way his dad did,” she said, looking down at Rashad Jr.

If you have information call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.  You do not have to leave your name to get the reward.