Big reward offered but no flood of tips in St. Louis child killings

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — The phones aren't ringing off the hook, despite a big reward in four recent child killings.

Crimestoppers is offering $25,000 each for information to help solve any one of four recent child killings. The reward was announced over the weekend, but not many tips are pouring in. 

"I wish I could tell you why I wish I knew," said Crimestoppers Executive Director Lisa Pisciotta. "It's disheartening. I know that the police have said that most of these were in public places. There were lots of people out there."

So far, some tips have come in, but not enough for people to solve any of the cases.

If potential tipsters are afraid of retaliation, Pisciotta stresses that all tips are anonymous.

"This information is all completely anonymous," she said. "It goes from my program to the police investigators and back to me. There's nothing that gets saved. There's nothing that I can see, and we never ask your name."

The reward was pledged by local philanthropists Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield, and the deadline of Sept. 1 was set by the Crimestoppers board to help solve the cases while they are fresh. 

The rewards are for four cases, among the dozen St. Louis children killed this summer:

  • 8-year-old Jurnee Thompson, who was shot and killed outside a restaurant near Soldan High School Aug. 23.
  • 10-year-old Eddie Hill, who was killed in a drive-by shooting July 19 as he stood with his family on the front porch of his home in the 4700 block of Page Avenue.
  • 3-year-old Kennedi Powell, who was shot and killed June 9 while she stood on a sidewalk in front of her home in the 4600 block of Michigan Avenue.
  • 2-year-old Kayden Johnson, who was shot and killed with his mother April 30 as they hid from intruders in a closet in their home in the 5900 block of Ferris Avenue.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS (8477).

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