South St. Louis murder suspect identified after mother and daughters found dead Thursday


ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A man is facing charges in the death of a St. Louis mother and her two daughters. Ronald Marr, 34, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Ronald Marr

Marr was placed under arrest Thursday afternoon. He was taken into custody in Effingham, Illinois.  No bond is allowed in this case.

A mother and her two young children were found shot to death Thursday morning in south St. Louis. Police were called to the 4100 block of S. Grand Avenue around 7:00 a.m. to investigate a report of a shooting. When police went inside, they found the bodies of 30-year-old Kanisha Hemphill and her two daughters, 7-year-old Journey and 1-year-old Jakari.

Kanisha worked as a home health care aid and recently took care of her 84-year-old father.

A motive has not yet been shared by homicide investigators. The family tells FOX 2 that Marr is the father of the one-year-old. Our reporters are still gathering more details in this case. Please check back later for more information.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page to assist with funeral expenses.

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