ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – The father of a teen killed by an 11-year-old Thursday in North St. Louis County is questioning the police version that the teen was an intruder.
St. Louis County police continue to investigate the shooting in the 10700 block of Hallwood. Some neighbors told News 11 the 11- year-old had showed off the gun and pointed it at residents.
Willie Streeter-el said Saturday he was told the child had called his son to the home to talk about buying a cell phone.
16-year old Lamonte Streeter and the unnamed 11-year-old had been friends. The child was home with his 4-year-old sister and no adults when the shooting occurred.
“If there is no evidence of any breaking and entering we cannot conclude just automatically that this is an intrusion. You’re talking about kids,” said Streeter-el who teaches parenting classes for the Father Support Center, a United Way agency in north St. Louis City.
He also the father of four other children. He discovered Lamonte was his son several years ago. “I’m not painting him as some perfect saint I’m not. He came with his baggage coming out of foster care.” Streeter-el said he welcomed the boy to his home, provided therapy, help from a Big Brother through Big Brothers Big Sisters and guidance.
The boy had struggled in high school and recently left the Job Corps. His father says he was about to go back into therapy and he had found another youth program that would accept him. “We were getting ready to make those arrangements next week,” Streeter-el said.
Now the family is preparing to bury the 16-year-old They have set up a Go Fund Me account to help pay for the funeral.
The St. Louis County police investigation is continuing. Once it is completed it will be turned over to the St. Louis County Juvenile Court for review because an 11-year-old is involved.