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Friday
Aug242012

Two Teens Charged with Murder of St. Louis Univ. Alum

Saint Louis University Athletics Department(ST. LOUIS) -- Two 18-year-old Missouri men have been charged with murder in the shooting death of former St. Louis University volleyball player Megan Boken.

The suspects have been identified as Keith Esters and Johnathan Perkins, and police said the motive was attempted robbery.

Boken, 23, was a former volleyball star at the school who was in town to play a match that pitted alumni against student athletes. She was shot to death while sitting in her Volkswagen on Saturday afternoon, hours before the game, police said.

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A police report released Friday by St. Louis circuit attorney Jennifer Joyce's office reveals how police solved the crime.

"Investigation into the shooting led to a cell phone that was connected to another robbery that occurred in that area," Officer Jerome Jackson wrote in his police report. "That investigation led to a witness who stated that her boyfriend, Keith Esters, admitted to her that he was involved in the shooting of Ms. Boken."

The woman told police that Esters and his cousin, Perkins, planned to drive to the area and commit the robbery.

When police contacted Perkins, he said that he had agreed to drive Esters to the robbery and that when Esters spotted Boken sitting in her car talking on her cell phone, Esters said that she would be the target of the robbery.

Perkins allegedly stopped the car and Esters got out to commit the robbery. Esters allegedly shot Boken twice and told Perkins he had done so, and the two left the scene.

Esters has been charged with first degree murder, first degree attempted robbery and two counts of armed criminal action. Perkins was charged with second degree murder, second degree attempted robbery and two counts of armed criminal action.

Both men were arrested on Thursday and are being held without bond. The arrests happened as hundreds of family and friends gathered in the west Chicago suburb of Wheton for Boken's funeral.

On Thursday night, Boken's father, Paul Boken, spoke to WLS-TV about the day's events.

"We are gratified with the progress they've made in the case," he said via telephone. "It was a very difficult day today, but with all the people there for us, it helped us get through it."

Boken graduated with a degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from St. Louis University in 2011.

She was wounded in the neck and chest, and pronounced dead at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Mayor Francis Slay said Boken's death made him feel "angry and frustrated and determined."

"I am frustrated because American cities, including ours, are awash in guns. Crime has trended down in St. Louis for the past six years in almost every category except gun violence," Slay wrote on his blog.

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Friday
Aug242012

Charges Expected Against Teen Suspects in St. Louis University Alum Murder

Saint Louis University Athletics Department(ST. LOUIS) -- Formal charges against the two 18-year-old men arrested in connection to the shooting death of volleyball player Megan Boken are expected to be announced Friday afternoon.

St. Louis circuit attorney Jennifer Joyce tweeted, "Reviewing Megan Boken homicide later this morning. Anticipate charging decision announced early afternoon, after family notified."

Her office said Friday afternoon that the charges will be announced that day.

Boken, 23, was a former volleyball star at St. Louis University who was in town to play a match that pitted alumni against student athletes. She was shot to death while sitting in her Volkswagen on Saturday afternoon, hours before the game, police said.

On Thursday night, St. Louis police announced that they had arrested two teenage suspects in connection to the murder.

"We are confident that the guys that we have in custody are responsible for the murder," Police Chief Dan Isoom said at a news conference.

Police attributed the arrests to "good detective work," but would not go into details about how they identified the suspects.

The first suspect was arrested on Thursday morning in connection to some unsolved robberies, according to ABC News' Chicago affiliate WLS-TV. The second suspect was arrested Thursday afternoon.

The arrests happened as hundreds of family and friends gathered in the West Chicago suburb of Wheton for Boken's funeral.

On Thursday night, Boken's father, Paul Boken, spoke to WLS-TV about the day's events.

"We are gratified with the progress they've made in the case," he said via telephone. "It was a very difficult day today, but with all the people there for us, it helped us get through it."

Police have not identified a motive for the killing, but have said they were investigating it as a botched robbery.

"We don't have a motive but are investigating it from a robbery standpoint," said David Marzullo, director of public information for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

Boken graduated with a degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from St. Louis University in 2011.

She was wounded in the neck and chest, and pronounced dead at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. It was unclear whether the suspect had been in the car with Boken or had opened the door and fired into the car, Marzullo said.

"We have no evidence that she knew [the gunman]," he said.

Mayor Francis Slay said Boken's death made him feel "angry and frustrated and determined."

"I am frustrated because American cities, including ours, are awash in guns. Crime has trended down in St. Louis for the past six years in almost every category except gun violence," Slay wrote on his blog.

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