ST. LOUIS, MO. (KPLR) – Donations to the reward fund in the Megan Boken murder case were pouring in, Tuesday. Police and those closest to Megan hoped more tips would follow.
The reward doubled: $20,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Boken, 23, a 2011 St. Louis U. grad and volleyball player, was shot to death at Taylor and Maryland in the Central West End around 2:20 Saturday afternoon.
Flowers and a note to her family marked the spot, Tuesday.
Her teammates from Kentucky to Romania were together in the St. Louis area again; grieving, but hopeful, that someone will claim that reward.
With her closest friends all together and smiling, Megan still felt very much alive.
All of the women said that warmth faded when they tried to sleep and find that rest that just won’t come.
“It’s uneasy to know there’s someone out there and they would do this,” said Bridget Fonke, who rushed home in a 20-hour trek from Romania, where she plays professional volleyball.
Boken was gunned down during a robbery as she was getting into her car, en route to a SLU alumni volleyball game, police said.
“Coming forward and providing information and really trying to figure this out would help everyone,” Fonke said.
“There’s just this empty pain, is the only way I can describe it, in not knowing why,” said friend and teammate, Whitney Roth-Kramer. “Maybe we’ll never know why, finding out who is just the first step.”
A lucrative step. Megan Boken’s case just got a boost never before seen around here.
“We have an anonymous caller that wanted to put up another $10,000,” said Lisa Pisciotta, the Executive Director of Crimestoppers-St. Louis.
That donation came in addition to $10,000 from the Central West End Neighborhood Security Initiative, Monday.
It only takes a phone call to claim the money. You don’t have to leave your name to get it.
How it works is a Crimestoppers secret. That it does work is no secret at all.
“We’ve been here 6 years and we’ve already approved $80,000 in rewards...it’s been all cash. I never even see the person I give it to,” Pisciotta said. “It is completely anonymous. For those people who don’t want to be known by police, who don’t want to be witnesses, they should feel safe in calling us.”
“I wouldn’t want anyone to have to go through what we’re going through right now. She was such a beautiful person and taken away so quickly and unexpectedly. I wouldn’t want anyone to have the feelings we’re dealing with right now,” Fonke said. “You hear more and more of these stories about St. Louis right now; people getting shot. This has to stop. It’s such a great place to live. I love living here. It’s a great city. I want to keep it like that.”
Megan Boken wanted that, too. She was living in the Chicago area but was in St. Louis, in part, for job interviews, because she was looking to move back here.
The reward is growing. Crimestoppers was already going to put $1,000 before the two
$10,000 dollar donations. People keep calling wanting to donate more.
The suspect is an African American man, 5'8" to 5'10"; slight build; short hair; wearing white sneakers, khakis and a gray shirt at the time of the crime.
If you have any information, there is nothing to lose. Call Crimestoppers at 866-371-TIPS.