Driver recounts finding stricken child left on East St. Louis street | Law and order
East St. Louis police said they had no lead on the case, and Chief Michael Hubbard sent out a request for help Thursday. “This is a tragic event and the perpetrator not only took the life of a child but also affected the lives of his family, classmates and teacher,” said Hubbard. “I ask the perpetrator to report himself because it is only the right thing to do.”
He asked anyone with information about the incident to call the East St. Louis Police Department at 618-482-6600 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477. A reward of up to $ 5,000 is offered.
Hubbard said the police had no idea how long Maurice was on the ground in the rain before someone called 911 at 6:30 p.m.
Maurice had attended Gordon Bush Elementary School in East St. Louis. The district’s superintendent Arthur R. Culver said in a statement Thursday that a crisis management team was working with students and teachers there.
“Maurice was a lively fourth grader who particularly enjoyed playing soccer and hanging out with his siblings,” said Culver. “The school district community is coping with this tragedy and remembers Maurice as an amazing child who brought joy to everyone he met.”
Maurice’s teacher, LaTosha Mackins, said she saw him on an after-school program before he was beaten.
“Maurice was fun-loving,” said Mackins. “He always had a smile on his face. He was never down. He worked really hard. “