ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Homicide detectives with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department have identified a person of interest tied to Sunday’s shooting death of a 14-year-old girl in a north city neighborhood. A 14-year-old black male has turned himself in to police Monday afternoon.
According to Schron Jackson, a police spokeswoman, the shooting occurred around 3:30 p.m. in the 5300 block of Patton, located in the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood. The victim, identified as Jamayha Luss, was at her friend’s house for a sleepover when two young boys came over to visit. One of them had a gun.
Luss was eventually shot in the back. She died after being taken to a hospital.
The two male juveniles left the scene before police arrived.
"It`s just hurtful to see these children die like this. We`re killing each other up. Like I said before, I just know that God is so disappointed and I apologize to him all the time because this isn't what he had planned for us." said St. Louis Resident Troy Gardner.
"The kids, they don`t have any structure. Don`t have anyone with them. It`s not their fault all the time. They just don`t have no one to put their arms around them anymore." said Arlonzo Shepherd.
In the case of this victim, Jamayha Luss. She had multiple adult relatives in her life. Luss was an honor student at Gateway Middle School. Relatives say she was an outgoing, spirited girl that planned to attend Soldan High School.
"She`s a very intelligent individual and she`s a child that was well raised. She was raised by her grandmother.Her grandmother instills everything she had within this baby." said aunt Rita Gilmore.
"I was planning this big graduation party for her. It just breaks my heart that she will not be able to experience any of this." said cousin Tina Petty.