Anesthesiologist identified as Brentwood murder victim


BRENTWOOD, Mo. – A St. Louis-area doctor was shot and killed in Brentwood over the weekend. The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis released the victim’s identity late Monday.

According to Val Joyner, a Major Case Squad spokeswoman, the shooting happened around 11:45 p.m. Saturday at the parking lot of the Drury Inn and Bonefish Grill right off of Interstate 64.

Brentwood Police officers arrived to find Dr. Sergei Zacharev shot to death.

Zacharev, 58, lived in Town and Country. He worked as an anesthesiologist.

“People are shooting people for no reason,” said Mary Woodhall, who works nearby. 

Detectives have not released a motive in the killing of Dr. Zacharev.

People who work in a nearby office building are stunned the violence happened so close to their workplace.

“I think that’s horrible. … You don’t want to go to work and be worried that you’re going to be murdered, will you make it home to your children, your family,” said Silva Hicks. 

People are growing weary of all the murders in the St. Louis area.

“St. Louis is not a happy town, there’s a lot of hate here…as soon as I retire, I’m leaving St. Louis,” Woodhall said. 

Anyone with information relative to this case is asked to call 314-963-6707 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS (8477) to be eligible for a reward of up to $15,000.

“It’s surprising to work and live where you wouldn’t expect something like this to happen here, but I guess it could happen anywhere,” Hicks said.

Late Monday night, the Major Case Squad announced detectives had uncovered forensic evidence connecting Zacharev’s murder with the killing of 70-year-old Barbara Goodkin on Delmar Boulevard.

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