ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) — A man is in custody for the murder of a mother and her two daughters in a “gruesome” South City shooting in the Dutchtown neighborhood.
Officers with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department were called to a home in the 4100 block of South Grand around 7 a.m. Thursday when they found a woman in her 30s and two girls, 8 and 1, shot to death inside. According to St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden, the woman appears to be the girls’ mother.
Police later on Thursday said they arrested a 34-year-old man in the homicide, but no other information was released.
“This is not being investigated as a suicide,” Chief Hayden said. “This is being investigated as a homicide, and so again we’re asking any and everyone that has any information on this situation to contact our homicide division or CrimeStoppers.”
While addressing the media at the crime scene, Chief Hayden said it was a “very tragic situation” and a “gruesome” scene. “As you can imagine, if somebody was shot, and there’s a lot of disturbing evidence inside. Very disturbing, and I’m sure it’s traumatic, traumatizing to the officers that went in.”
Family identified the woman killed as 30-year-old Kanisha Hemphill. The two girls killed are Hemphill’s children, Jakari and Journey Walker.
“I don’t know how to feel. That was my little sister,” Kezia Walker said Thursday afternoon. “She sent me a text yesterday. I was asking her what was wrong – texting back and forth because she didn’t answer her phone. I texted her, if you need a break call me or drop the girls off. She was like okay, and I told her I loved her and she was like love you, too.”
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