Man charged for murders of 8-year-old, mother; suspect tied to third killing


ST. LOUIS – Police have made an arrest for the murders of an 8-year-old girl and her mother. The suspect, an 18-year-old, was also tied to killing a woman the night prior in south St. Louis.

The suspect, identified as Prinshun McClain, was apprehended in Granite City, Illinois, with the help of local authorities.

The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office charged McClain with three counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree burglary, and four counts of armed criminal action. No bond has been issued.

According to Evita Caldwell, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, 27-year-old Terri Bankhead and Da’nilya Edwards were found dead in an apartment in the 4200 block of Pleasant Street around 3 p.m. on Aug. 11.

Homicide detectives believe this was a targeted incident. The victims were tied up and shot.

Earlier that morning, police found 26-year-old Victoria Manisco stabbed to death on a porch in the 1100 block of Dover Place at about 6:00 a.m. That’s in the Carondelet neighborhood. It’s believed Manisco was killed just before 11 p.m. on Aug. 10.

Meanwhile, residents who lived near the mother and daughter are in shock.

“Beautiful individual. She was a good mom to her daughter. It was her world and her daughter’s world. A beautiful person and prayers go out to the family and everyone who knows her,” said neighbor Willanda Body. 

On Thursday, a makeshift memorial stands as residents stopped by all day to place balloons and teddy bears to honor the two lives taken too soon.

“I came by to put flowers,” said Gwen Williams. “It touched my heart. St. Louis, all around, we need to get together and pray.”

Representatives for the St. Louis Crisis Nursery and the Urban League visited the Fairgrounds neighborhood to knock on doors and offer support as the community grieves.
“When we hear of a child has been injured or hurt, killed, we jump into action…It just hurts my heart, this is heartbreaking that another child in our community was killed,” said DiAnne Mueller, CEO of the St. Louis Crisis Nursery.

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