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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Members of the Cherokee Street neighborhood organized a benefit barbeque Friday night to raise funds for the families of victims in Thursday's murder suicide.  Merchants and residents hoped to raise spirits as well as donations.

"We're a very resilient community," said Anne McCullough of the Cherokee Street Business Assn.  Beer, meat and chips were donated for the event by local merchants.  McCullough said the business group will work with the International Institute to create a community fund that will help the victims' families.

A co-owner of AK Home Health Care shot his partner and two other employees after an argument.  St. Louis police say he then committed suicide.  The agency provided in home care for seniors and the disabled.  The firm had a contract with the Missouri Department of Social Services.  Medicaid often pays for such assistance because it allows clients to remain in their own home rather than turning to expensive nursing homes for care.

Merchants and residents have been working to revive the neighborhood in recent years.   "I think people can be fearful in general in a city," McCullouch said.  "I don't feel it on the street today and I didn't feel it yesterday," she added.

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