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Family and friends hold a car wash, BBQ to help with teen’s funeral expenses

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ST. LOUIS, MO - It’s been exactly one week since 14-year-old Ien Coleman was shot and killed. On Saturday, family and friends hosted a car wash and a barbecue in the 2200 block of Chippewa to raise funds for his funeral expenses.

“This must be stopped. Children are getting taken away from their parents so young. When things like this happen so fast, now we have to raise funds for him,” says his aunt Chineta Stewart.

On July 21, 2019, police were called to an apartment on Toelle Lane in Riverview in north St. Louis County for a welfare check. They found Coleman dead from at least one gunshot wound. They learned that a group of teens had been together in the apartment when a gun went off. Police say a juvenile has been identified as a person of interest but has not been arrested.

“He was nothing but a kid and he was a good kid,” says Coleman's grandmother.

His aunt adds, “Everyone’s just missing him so much. His siblings are asking where he is and they don’t really understand the situation. They’re so young. They don’t know and they think he’s going to return.”

At least 14 children, including Ien Coleman, have been shot and killed in the St. Louis metro area since May.

Police are asking for anyone who may have information on this case to call 636-529-8210 or call CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS (8477) if you have any information regarding this incident.

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