Son Launching Effort To Catch Father’s Killer

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It had been nearly two weeks, but there was no arrest Monday in a St. Louis Election Day murder case; one of the city`s most violent slayings.

Relatives said  Darryl Winston, 55, was shot 10 times on Carter Avenue near Clarence, in North St. Louis, Feb. 7.

Winston`s son, Demar, 30, spoke with Fox 2 Monday about the family`s new effort to hopefully lead police to the killer.

The family has started a new memorial and reward fund.  Homicide detectives have had little solid information to go on.  There`s still no word on a motive; no reason for someone shooting Winston so many times.

'I grew up around here all my life, I definitely know how it is.  People always know.  In a neighborhood like that, people always know [what happened].  So, I just say, whatever you can do ... they all know what to do.  The community knows what to do.'

It`s been especially agonizing for Demar, who last saw his dad the Saturday before the Super Bowl.  He`s been haunted by the wish that they`d gotten together for 'Super Bowl' like they`d planned.

'He was going to come over here, and I didn`t have a party .  So, he went to a ...' Demar Winston paused to wipe a tear, 'he went somewhere else,' he said, crying.

There was no reason to think his dad would die in a hail of gunfire, two days later.  Winston had been collecting signatures for the Safer Missouri Citizen`s Coalition , to put the issue of local control of the St. Louis Police Department on the election ballot.  Police found the signature sheets with him at the shooting scene.

'Even at 55 years old, he was trying to do better for himself, for his kids, grandkids,' Demar Winston said.

Demar`s family includes his two daughters and a son, ages 2-10:  3 of Winston`s  4 grandchildren.

Demar`s wife was very close to her father-in-law.

'I`m hurting also. But, they need me,' Demar said.  'We will get through it.  The biggest thing is to stay together and stay strong like he`d want us to.'

'He came over every Sunday.  He always brought me and the kids something.  He never brought my husband anything,' Demar`s wife, Tia Winston, said with a warm smile.  That smile turned quickly into tears.

'He always rang the doorbell after he came from church and he`d say, `hey daughter in law, where`s my grandbaby`s at?` This is the first Sunday he didn`t come over,' she said breaking down and crying.

She said he was especially good with her 5 year old son, who is autistic; patience was never any issue when he was with his grandkids.

His funeral was Thursday, the day before Tia`s birthday.

'I`ve never seen my husband in so much pain,' she said.  'The way [his father] was killed.  It was overkill.   It was like he wasn`t even a person. He was a person.  He didn`t deserve to get killed like he did.  We want somebody to say something to help us find out who did this to him because we loved him and he didn`t deserve to die like that,' Tia Winston said, tears pouring from her eyes.

'It [an arrest] would do a lot for me, that`s the only thing left for me after my dad is`ll be peace for his family.  It won`t be peace for him.  It`ll be peace for his family, grandchildren & children.'

You can donate to the Darryl Winston Memorial Fund at Pulaski Bank Branches, with the main branch at 12,300 Olive, in Creve Coeur.

Along with a reward, the money will cover things the family cannot afford, like a headstone for Winston`s grave, a bit of dignity for a man who`s killer afforded him none.

If you have any information call St. Louis police.

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