Family ‘devastated’ following murder of Maggie O’Brien’s owner

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The reward in the murder case of Pat McVey climbed dramatically Thursday evening. McVey was the owner of a popular St. Louis pup Maggie O’Brien’s.

The CrimeStoppers reward climbed to at least $10,000 and up to $15,000. Family, friends, and an anonymous person, added to the reward fund.

Brian Millikan, a close friend of the McVey family, said the family is overwhelmed by grief.

“Devastated, absolutely devastated; not only the loss they’ve suffered, also not having a whole lot of information of what happened. It’s tearing them apart,” he said.

McVey’s family and friends gathered at Seven Holy Founders Catholic Church in Affton for a prayer service Thursday evening. 24 hours earlier, police were investigating his murder on Interstate 55 at Loughborough. It happened around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. McVey and his car were shot multiple times. People cannot understand why anyone would kill the 57-year-old.

“This guy did not have an enemy in the world, that’s why we think this is more of random act, but we also think somebody had to see this,” Millikan said.

He also said he doesn’t think McVey would be involved in a road rage incident because he knew McVey as very down to earth, with a calm demeanor.

At Maggie O’Brien’s Pub, customers like Gregory Robinson were feeling a strong sense of grief.

“Having lost both my parents it’s a pain there’s no way you can utter how it hurts. So my heart goes out to the family,” Robinson said.

Millikan added, “If you were ever his friend you were his friend forever, he would do anything for you he was one of the true good guys.”

He and others are hoping someone responds the reward. They believe somebody knows or saw something.

“Even if you don’t think it’s relevant or you think it’s trivial, because maybe it isn’t,” Millikan said.

If people have information they can call CrimeStoppers. Pat McVey is survived by his wife and two adult children, as well as his parents and 10 brothers and sisters.