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Man charged in MetroBus killing, murder at north St. Louis market

Talib Ziyad

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office charged a 36-year-old man in connection with a pair of fatal shootings that occurred earlier this month at a north city market and on a MetroBus.

According to Officer Michelle Woodling, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the first shooting took place July 5 just before 7:45 p.m. at the M&A Market in the 4200 block of Natural Bridge Road, located in the O’Fallons Park neighborhood.

Police found the victim, identified as 30-year-old Rachaud Grayer, dead at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds.

In the second murder, 35-year-old Kenneth Pointer was killed July 14 in the 1200 block of South Florissant Road. Police believe it started with one passenger bumping into another on the MetroBus, which caused a fight between the two men.

That fight escalated when the suspect pulled out a gun and fired several shots a Pointer. The bus stopped and Pointer tried to run off, but the suspect followed him and continued shooting.

Investigators later identified and arrested Talib Ziyad for the murders of Grayer of Pointer.

Ziyad was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in each case.