Vigil honors man murdered after aiding woman being attacked

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - A candlelight vigil Saturday night brought relatives and friends together to honor a man who was shot to death after he intervened in a domestic dispute.

"I know he touched lot of hearts out there..please keep me in your prayers,” asked Michelle Crawford as she spoke of her oldest son.

Tony Jordan, 32, a groundskeeper for an apartment building in the 5800 block of Cabanne, asked a man to leave a tenant’s apartment when he found him attacking Jessica Thompson about 1:30 am Wednesday.  The assailant left but quickly returned and shot Jordan who was outside the building.  He then went into Thompson’s apartment and killed her before fleeing in a dark-colored sedan.

Thompson left behind a 20 month old son.  Crawford said her son Tony Jordan had five children.

Apartment manager Dallas Holland hailed Jordan as a hero saying, “The lady was in trouble.  It was a domestic dispute. Tony went to the aid of the young lady and ultimately was killed. So the message I would like to get out was he was a hero that was doing his job.”

Holland said Thompson had moved in four or five days before the attack.  The suspect was not a tenant there.

Jordan’s pastor Johnnie Williams called him an “outgoing, special person always willing to help.”  Pastor Williams will conduct Jordan’s funeral on Tuesday at 11 am at the San Francisco Temple, 10191 Halls Ferry Road in North St. Louis County.

He said his message will be that “We don’t expect death, but death comes and when it does God has to fill the void.”

A memorial service is being planned for Thompson.  Her close friend Shatierra Roddy stopped by the apartment building to say a prayer and leave a teddy bear as a memento.

“I just wish I could turn back time ‘cause she did not deserve this,” Roddy said.  She added, “I just pray strength for her family and her son that they can get through this and just keep her memories and cherish her.”

Thompson’s murder is not the only violent death Roddy is dealing with.  Saturday morning she attended the funeral of Bariah Crump, a 28-year old shot and killed during a robbery a week ago on Laclede’s Landing.  Crump was the father of Roddy’s niece.

Anyone with information about these two murders is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest can earn a reward of up to $2000.  The leads may be left anonymously.

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