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No Arrests, Investigation Into Fatal Shooting Continues

University City Police continue to search for the person that shot Destinee Clemons, 17.

continue to search for suspects in the Thursday night drive-by shooting of 17-year-old Destinee Clemons.

Fox2News reports police have a description of the vehicle and that officers are looking for four black males..

Clemons was shot and killed on her front porch on Plymouth Ave. around 8 p.m. Thursday night. Her sister, 23-year-old Jerry′Ka McCauley, was sitting next to her and was struck in the arm. Her wound was not serious.

Clemons' mother Kendra Jackson, 43, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch she couldn't think of a motive for the shooting. The family had moved from St. Louis to University City in March.

According to the Post-Dispatch, Jackson told detectives there were "no troubles, nothing like that" from the old neighborhood. We don't know who they are."

Clemons' cousin told Fox2News that Destinee was full of life.

“Destinee was a kind and loving person, she was very funny, she was the life of our family, she always told jokes, she just had her prom, she just graduated, she had plans for her birthday on July 9,  she was a very loving person, full of life,” Kyra Jackson.

Clemons attended and worked at the in Brentwood. 

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Francie Broderick June 23, 2012 at 11:22 AM
I heard the gunshots and it was not the first time, we recognize them when we hear them. It is heartbreaking. And our community needs to wake up and refocus. We have incredible disparities in our city and we are not focusing enough on the part of our community that is full of foreclosures, high dropout rates, youth unemployment and shooting deaths. Of course we need to encourage business but the balance is way out of whack. You cant have a thriving business community surrounded by suffering neighborhoods, unless you build a wall between us and them.
Maggie Stanley Majors June 23, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Francie, I live in the neighborhood and fully agree with you. Why aren't leaders saying or doing anything about this? City council is busy voting on a logo and hasn't taken the time to make a statement about this tragedy. I think our neighborhood needs to take ownership of this problem, but I also think U-City as a whole needs to take ownership of this problem. Children losing their lives is not an issue for one part of the city. It should hit close to home for all of us.
Earl Higgins June 23, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Maggie, I live nearby. I am glad to see the police have at least got what they believe to be the vehicle, hopefully that will lead to some suspects. I think it's obvious that decent folks everywhere abhor this type of behavior by thugs anywhere. It's especially gets us when it strikes an apparently innocent young person, right in our own backyard (or front yard). Whether or not City Council is wasting time about the logo, that's a completely separate issue. I don't think that's what's stopping them from making a statement about this tragedy. Like you, I feel this crime it's very close to home and it enrages me. Something has got to be done. I just don't think now would be the appropriate time for City Council to issue some kind of statement, and I'm not really sure what effect it would serve. I say let the police do their job, without political interference. Thanks!
Maggie Stanley Majors June 23, 2012 at 09:05 PM
I agree, Earl, now would not be the time... and I have full confidence that the police are working hard and working professionally. I guess I just think when a young person dies in such a way there should be some kind of community response.
Rory Ellinger June 24, 2012 at 12:12 AM
I agree with the comments made by Francine, Maggie and Earl. This is not the time for political grandstanding but it is the time for leadership to protect our children. This is the second or third death in the last year north of Olive. This is a serious tragedy. We must calmly come together as a community and take immediate extra steps to protect our residents. I too believe the police will do a good job of investigating this particular case. But to ensure there are no future shootings we need to increase the visibility of police in their cars and on the street to stop drive-by shootings. When there was violence in the Loop recently we saw a dramatic increase with dozens of police. We should increase police presence immediately north of Olive to reduce the possibility of additional drive-by shootings. My heart goes out to the family of Destinee Clemons.
Jacob Piwo June 24, 2012 at 12:25 AM
This is so sad, a young girls life taken away so soon. My heart goes out to her family.
Holston Black Jr. June 24, 2012 at 03:36 AM
I agree with all of the writers, especially with the leadership, like you Rept. Ellinger. The children need the help of the adults not only the police, who I am sure will do a superb job. But this is after the death and other criminal acts, we have to come together to prevent these activities. I applaud the Mayor etal. that have been working so diligently on looking for solutions these several months. We must continue, even more stringently, for the problems won't resolve themselves

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