Innocent St. Louis County official killed near MetroLink stop

ST. LOUIS - Police have identified the victim of a man randomly killed by gunfire in south St. Louis last night as Roth “Craig” LeFebvre, 48, of St. Louis.

He was a long-time spokesman for the St. Louis County Department of Public Health.

He was a big believer in city living, public school, and especially public transportation, so much so, he didn’t own a car, friends said.

He died near a bus stop on his way home from work.

“It’s random.  It’s senseless…it’s been a tragic loss and a hard day here at the Department of Public Health,” said Dr. Emily Doucette, the department’s Chief Medical Officer.

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson is growing frustrated with the recent series of tragic gun deaths in the city.

Since Saturday, a man was shot and killed in the heart of downtown around lunchtime; a 17-year -old was shot and killed on his birthday; now this.

“We have a problem with guns.  It is incredibly sad and incredibly frustrating to everybody.  It’s incredibly dangerous,” the mayor said.

She wants more guns taken off the streets and is calling for people to simply stop shooting carelessly in public.

The sense of heartbreak was everywhere at the Department of Public Health in Berkeley, Wednesday.

Co-workers recalled LeFebvre working late last night. They may have heard the news about shooting later; most didn’t know it was their friend who was killed until they arrived at the office this morning.

Police gave this account:  two men were involved in a dispute at a south St. Louis Chipotle restaurant; it continued onto the bridge that services MetroLink train and MetroBus stops near Grand and Scott; one of the men opened fire, hitting the other man in the face; LeFebvre, who was not in close range, was hit in the chest and killed.

Ironically, he viewed gun violence as a public health issue, coworkers said. They especially remembered his work on a program to help young people rebound from the tragic loss of loved ones to gun violence.

“[Coworkers] have spent hours just kind of remembering and talking through small things that happened; sharing experiences,” Dr. Doucette said.  “Obviously it’s tragic. They have a lot of fond memories. It’s been moving to be in their presence and spend that time remembering.”

LeFebvre had family in the area but was not married and had no children, she said.

Police declined interviews Wednesday and gave no update on the search for the LeFebvre’s killer or the condition of the other shooting victim.