Family frustrated south St. Louis murder suspect not under arrest

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The son of one murder victim, who is also the brother of another murder victim, both shot to death in South St. Louis last week, is frustrated that a suspect is not yet in custody— especially since family members have told police they are pretty sure they know who pulled the trigger.

‘Who expects their mother to be murdered in cold blood and left in an alley somewhere, and my sister too,’ said Dan Schaefer Jr., 27.

His mother, Tammie Thurmond, 54, was shot in the head and found left to die in an alley in the Dutchtown neighborhood last Friday afternoon.  She died several hours later.

That same afternoon, a short distance away, Schaefer`s sister, Paige Schaefer, 24, was found shot to death in her home in the 4400 hundred block of Itaska Street. Also inside the home was a family friend, James Lacey, 47, found shot to death. Both victims` bodies were found still sitting in chairs.

A third person in the house, a 21-year-old member of the Schaefers` extended family was shot in the head, but survived.

She was able to call 9-1-1 with information about the shooter, including his nickname.

The man is said to have had a relationship with one of the victims, and was known to them all.

And Dan Schaefer Jr. says they have heard from him.

‘There has been some communications with the family since then that we notified the police about,’ Schaefer said.  ‘He told my little brother `come on over here and I will take care of you too,` so this guy is a loose cannon and he is just running around.’

For the family, not knowing that man`s whereabouts is terrifying.

And not knowing the reason for the murders is mystifying.

‘My mom lived a hard life but she didn`t bother anybody, my sister didn`t bother anybody,’ Schaefer said.

The family member who survived being shot is still hospitalized,  in and out of a medical coma and under heavy guard by police.

A spokesperson for the St. Louis Police Department says the police have not identified a suspect.

‘I want him to get the death penalty,’ Schaefer said.

‘I want him to rot in a prison until they execute him.’