Murder victim’s mother waiting months for son’s gravesite to be repaired

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Sabrina Elam is visiting her son’s burial site; only her son isn’t there.

"He was put in here. His niche was right here at the bottom of the wall," she said.

Her son's ashes—along with several others—were moved at the St. Peter’s Cemetery in north St. Louis County six months ago because the wall that housed him was cracking. The cemetery is putting in a new wall. It’s just taking a lot longer than anyone expected.

"When I come here, I get a sense of peace and calm, and when I come here and I haven't been able to do it since May,” Elam said.

Elam was featured on Metro’s Most Wanted after he son, Jared, was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in north St. Louis in September 2014. Jared was 17, bound for college, with no criminal record. His murder remains unsolved.

"No luck with that. No justice on anybody coming forward about Jared,” Elam said. “I’m still doing all I can to still get justice for my baby."

To that end, a $10,000 reward still stands. Meanwhile, Elam just wants to visit her son’s remains.

"Just dealing with this and dealing with the loss of Jared and dealing with not having justice for Jared,” she said. “It’s a lot. I couldn’t come for his birthday. I couldn’t come for Thanksgiving. Now Christmas is coming and I have to take him home in order to be with him. And I don’t think that’s fair."

A cemetery spokesperson said the delay was caused by the granite company they bought from and they, too, are frustrated. They agreed to turn Jared’s ashes over to Elam on Monday. While our Fox 2 News crew was at the cemetery with Elam, representatives came by to tell her the materials had arrived stateside and expected it to be finished in a few weeks. The cemetery representatives pleaded with her to bring Jared back to his resting place.

"When I get him, I don’t know if I’m gonna bring him back,” she said. “I might just keep him at home with me because I don’t want to go through something like this again."