ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - "I remember the shot was so loud.”
Daphne Primus was home with her family on June 26 in the 5100 block of Palm when she heard a gunshot in her backyard. She ran out and saw her grandson, 20 year-old Jehoward Primus, on the ground.
"He said, ‘granny,’ and I said, ‘what happened to you?’ ‘I got shot.’ And I said, 'who shot you?' and he said, 'Ranisha's boyfriend.’ And I ran in and I got a pillow for his head and I dialed 9-1-1."
Ranisha is the mother of Jehoward Primus’ son. They were exchanging the child when Jehoward exchanged words with that boyfriend, 20 year-old Demond Steward, who allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Jehoward.
Jehoward later died.
"We think about it every day,” Daphne said. “I mean, before we go to sleep, when we wake up, and when you go to the bathroom. It just doesn't go away."
Jehoward was the primary caregiver of his young son while going to college and working more than one job. Daphne describes him as a proud father.
"He was so happy. … He was a good guy. He had a heart of gold. But for him to get gunned down in our backyard? This girl brought this boy to our house," she said.
And now police want to find that man. Up to $5,000 will be awarded through Crimestoppers for any anonymous tip that leads to Steward’s arrest. Police say money aside, Steward needs to be behind bars.
"He killed somebody," said Lt. John Paul Green of St. Louis Metro PD. "You're not justified to kill somebody. He could kill somebody again. He's very dangerous."
The boy, who witnessed the murder, is now in Ranisha’s care. Daphne fears she’s housing Steward and now worries her great-grandson could be his next victim.
"I'm worried he could do something to that baby," she said.