FLORISSANT, Mo. – Police are investigating the shooting of a 19-year-old near a Florissant church while helping set up for a special event.
Out of respect for the victim’s family, church leaders are not releasing the name of the 19-year-old who was shot and killed, but they shared that he recently joined the church and said he’ll have a lasting impact.
Church leaders explained the victim was helping volunteers set up for Harvest Fest at the Calvary Bible Church of Florissant when he was shot and killed. Police said this happened around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, and they are still in the early stages of the investigation.
Robert Loyd is the pastor of Calvary Bible Church and said the 19-year-old joined the church earlier this week and his family is heartbroken.
“He has been here vacuuming floors, very cooperative,” Calvary Bible Church of Florissant Pastor Robert Loyd said. “I mean, to be honest, there were times we were trying to find things for him to do because he was so compliant and so thorough. Anything we asked him to do, he would just go right to it. So it’s a devastating loss for us after three days of knowing him. I can’t imagine what this poor mother is going through.”
St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell was in the area speaking with police about the shooting. We’ll hear from him later Sunday night on FOX 2 News at 9.