GLASGOW VILLAGE, Mo. — The list of children and young people killed this year in the St. Louis area has grown to 25.
The latest victim is 15-year-old Antione Brown Jr. Police do not believe it was a random act. A family member told police the boy had been threatened in text messages.
The shooting took place after 5:30 a.m. Friday in the 10300 block of Ross Circle, just west of Riverview and south of I-270 in north St. Louis County.
Police found Brown had been shot and attempted to treat him on the scene. Brown died at the scene.
Antione Brown's family and friends gathered Friday afternoon to share their grief and to comfort each other after Antoine was killed.
“I just miss my brother. I just want him back,” said Ronetta Davis, Brown's sister.
Lt. Col. Kenneth Gregory, St. Louis County Police Department, said the shooter or shooters fired almost all of the bullets directly into Brown's bedroom where he was apparently sleeping.
“Mom and dad woke up to shots fired they went into their son’s bedroom and found their 15-year-old son unresponsive," Gregory said.
People said Antoine was a good kid, attended school, was seeking to get a driver’s permit, and wanted to be a rapper.
“He was a nice kid. Fun," said Roxanna Davis, Brown's step-grandmother.
As detectives launched their investigation, St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell arrived at the home.
“They keep getting younger and younger; obviously tragic. It’s something we're going to have to deal with as a region," he said. "I’ve said this before -- all hands on deck.”
Sadly, some folks wore shirts of past murder victims. Grief knows no bounds.
"It hits me real hard because I just lost my son because he overdosed off of fentanyl about two months ago and this right here is a tragedy,” Davis said.
Family members were planning a candlelight vigil for Antione.
“People shouldn’t have done that to him because he was a good person,” said Jada, Antione's 9-year-old sister.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-529-8210 to speak to investigators. To remain anonymous or potentially receive a reward, please contact CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477.