Suspect in Triple Killing of South St. Louis Woman, Kids Is in Custody

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  • St. Louis Police are investigating a triple homicide in South City.

St. Louis police say they held a suspect in the triple murder of a mother and her two young children this morning.

The shooter, whom the police did not name, is a 34-year-old man. The police have not released any details about him.

Officers responded to a house on the 4100 block of South Grand before 7 a.m. to get a report of gunfire. Inside, they discovered what St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden called a “cruel” scene. A 30-year-old woman was shot dead with her daughters aged eight and one.

“There’s a lot of worrying evidence inside,” Hayden told reporters gathered in a parking lot near the Dutchtown crime scene. “It’s very disturbing. I’m sure it’s traumatic and traumatic for the officers who went in.”

Police did not release the names of the victims, but the family who spoke to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch identified the mother as a home health worker named Kanisha Hemphill. Their oldest daughter is Journey, and the youngest was known by her nickname ReRe, the newspaper reported.

The family told Post-Dispatch that they suspected the shooter was Hemphill’s ex-boyfriend.

Police were investigating this afternoon and asked anyone with information to call the department’s homicide division at 314-444-5371 or, to remain anonymous and possibly receive a reward, CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477 (TIPS) .

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