A young St. Louis woman was shot to death in what appears to be a racially motivated murder. St. Louis and Kansas City have been the scene of rampant black on white hate crime violence for the past several years.
If the races had been reversed, this would be the single biggest news story in the United States right now.
Police are hunting for the gunman who shot and killed a former college volleyball player in St. Louis hours before she was scheduled to play in an alumni volleyball game.
Megan Boken, 23, a former all-state volleyball player from Illinois, was shot while sitting inside a white Volkswagen outside the apartment complex where she lived Saturday afternoon, Fox affiliate KTVI reported. Boken was in St. Louis to visit her alma mater, St. Louis University, and play in the annual alumni game.
Authorities are searching for the suspect, described by witnesses as a black male in his 20s, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, according to the station.
Police said they believe the man opened the victim’s car door before firing shots from a handgun. Boken was reportedly struck in the neck and chest and later died at an area hospital.
Those who knew Boken say they are stunned by the attack, saying Boken was a standout volleyball player and an honor roll student.
“She’ll be remembered as an unbelievable teammate. She played on championship teams, but she was that teammate that kept everybody together,” St. Louis University’s athletic director Chris May told MyFoxChicago.com.