Murder Of Teen Sparks New Plan To Curb Crime in North St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– The murder of 16-year-old Pierre Childs caused community members to hold a town hall meeting in North St. Louis Tuesday.

He was shot in the back outside his Anderson Ave. home on May 7.

A group called “Positive Alternatives For Youth, Inc.” revealed details of a plan to curb crime in North St. Louis.

It includes workforce training, G.E.D. classes, drugs sweeps and increased police patrols.

“We are not only aiming at stopping crime, but what causes crime,” Alexis Watson said. “Our group is trying to change the hopeless feeling some people have.”

Child’s grandmother spoke with Fox 2 about the plan.

“I hope this stops it because we are hurting, and this needs to stop today,” Terry Burgess said. “My grandson died right in front of me.”

Police have not made any arrests.

“It is just no closure,” Burgess said. “He had no beef, no arguments and no issues, so I never thought this would happen.”

The plan “Positive Alternatives For Youth, Inc.” is developing backed by the police department.

“We need to focus on this because we all know that the summer heat that is coming makes people more aggressive,” St. Louis Metro Police Department Major Ronnie Robinson said.

However, the plan will require approval and funds from the city.

Fox 2 left messages with Mayor Francis Slay and Board of Alderman President Louis Reed Tuesday night to find out if they will back the plan.

“We need them to back us,” Watson said. “We also need to community to back us.”