Benefit Held For Cherokee Street Shooting Victims’ Families

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Just a block away from where four people died in a shocking murder-suicide on Cherokee Street, neighbors are trying to stay strong.

They are also trying to make a strong statement, about the place where they live and work.

Just 24 hours ago, the neighborhood was in utter shock, but Friday night the mood is a little different as people who live and work on Cherokee Street are trying to cobble their grief and frustration into something positive. And they have a BBQ to benefit the families who just one block from here one day ago lost so much so quickly.

Not even at the Fortune Teller Bar could anyone have predicted at the beginning of the week that this is how it would end.

For such a close neighborhood, not many knew the victims of Thursday`s tragedy. But they know what their families must be going through and they want to help.

And that concern led to this hastily arranged benefit barbeque. The money raised will go the families of the victims.

But they are also hoping this get together sends a message that their neighborhood is unified and safe.

By this weekend, the rain will have washed away this poignant message, but it will be a long time before the memory of what happened here fades away.

The turnout was more on the order of a neighborhood get together than a street festival, but that it came together at all so well so quickly is amazing.

The money raised will go to the International Institute which will get those funds to the families those involved were Somalian refugees.

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