St. Louis mayor says pregnant cousin was killed in Ferguson over the weekend

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FERGUSON, Mo. – St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones says her 27-year-old cousin was one of two women shot to death in Ferguson over the weekend. The mayor says she was two months pregnant.

Ferguson Police have yet to release the victims’ names but they did release a photo of the suspected gunman, who is still at large. Police did not give his name but described him as 31 years of age and 190 pounds. 

“It troubles me because we’re at a point in our society where (people) feel like the only answer is a gun,” Jones said. “There are more answers to solving our problems between each other than shooting each other.”

The shooting happened Saturday shortly after 7 p.m. on Meadowcrest Drive.

Police found two women in their late 20s dead inside a home. Investigators believe two people forced their way into the home. There was an altercation inside and outside the residence. At some point, a man produced a handgun and opened fire, striking two women.

The victims knew the suspects.

Mayor Jones says even though this hits very close to home, it does not change her support of defunding the more traditional forms of policing.

“It’s hard for us. It’s hard for us. I’m sure it’s hard for all of our families that have been visited by gun violence, but as mayor, I remain committed to investing money into community violence intervention programs and to using all of the tools in the toolbox into getting our crimes rates down and address violence head-on,” she said.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the Ferguson Police Department at 314-522-3100 or email Chief Frank McCall at fmccall@fergusoncity.com

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