Online petition asks for kill switch on cell phones to save lives

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) - People are pushing to have companies install a “kill “ switch on smartphones.  They say it could keep smartphone owners from being robbed, injured or even killed.

Next month is the first anniversary of the murder of SLU volleyball star Megan Boken.   She was gunned down and her smartphone was stolen.  Her friends are working to make sure that never happens to anyone else.  Bridget Fonke was Megan’s close friend, “This could definitely save a lot of lives it could have saved hers this was a very preventable crimes she was murdered because of her cell phone.”

25 year old Bridget Fonke coaches young volleyball talent. She is a standout athlete and SLU graduate just like Megan was. Megan was shot to death in the Central West End August 18, 2012 in broad daylight.  Two teens were arrested and charged with the killing. Bridget Fonke said, “I just think if we had this the situation could have been completely avoided.”
Megan’s friends and family have joined a nationwide push for people to sign an on-line petition asking smartphone companies to put a “kill” switch in phones. If one is ripped off it could be immediately rendered useless. The web site indicates 1.6 million Americans were victimized for their smartphones last year.  Fonke added, “We don’t’ want this to happen again.”

In the central west end Tuesday night people said they like the smartphone “kill” switch proposal.  Andrea Pointer said, “I think it’s smart.”  Geoff Canyon said, “Obviously if you can have the technology to turn the cell phone off it decreases the incentive to steal it.”  Bridget said Megan would have backed the proposal one hundred percent.  Fonke said, “I think she would love it. She hated when people were wronged or hurt.”

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