ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Jim King has been on a 34 year mission to find out who killed his brother Danny on June 18, 1982. The 20 year-old pipe fitter’s apprentice was driving home from celebrating after softball game when he pulled over at I-270 and Old Halls Ferry Road.
“[He was] pulled over on the side of the highway. They were on the side of the highway. His car there was another car in front of his. Somebody shot at him through the passenger window. Shot him five times. Hit him three times,” says Danny’s brother Jim King.
Danny died at the scene. The recently married father had no criminal history, no personal conflicts. So who would have wanted him killed?
“You know, we don’t know. That’s still the mystery of the whole thing.” said Jim King.
The other mystery was how St. Louis County Police conducted the investigation. Nobody was called in for questioning. Not even Danny’s friends or family.
“Even his wife at the time wasn’t really questioned by the police; like did you know anything? Did he have any issues with anybody? That stuff really wasn’t done. Why do you think that was? I don’t know,” said Jim King.
The St. Louis County Police Department has reopened the case after Jim King requests.
“There’s a good chance the suspect or the suspects are deceased. Nevertheless we’d like to get closure for the family,” said St. Louis County Police Sgt Erich Von Alman.
According to the police report, at least 10 people called police saying they saw two people standing outside of Danny’s vehicle. Both police and Danny’s family believe that those were two people that Danny had to have known.
“At 3am, you’re coming home, any reason why someone would pull over to the side of the highway? Nothing was wrong with his car, ” says King.
“There’s somebody that’s responsible for this crime and there’s somebody that I believe knows what happened,” says Von Alman