Mother seeks justice for son murdered on I-64

ST. LOUIS - The mother of the man murdered on I-64/Highway 40 Saturday spoke with Fox 2/News 11 Wednesday.

It was such an alarming crime:  Frencheric Nelson, 29, of East St. Louis, shot and killed on the highway as fans were driving home from a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium.

Police released new photos of the red Mercedes SUV he was driving as Nelson’s mother called for justice.

“I had to go the morgue and view him,” his mother, Trina Philpot said.  “I can’t believe it but I’ve got to let it go.”

For most people it was a simply an unexpected highway shutdown through the heart of St. Louis in the middle of a Saturday afternoon.  A warning for fans to avoid the closure was posted on the scoreboard at Busch.

“French”, as Philpot calls her son, was the father of a 4-year-old son.

He was shot at close range through the back seat with the bullet exiting his chest; meaning the shooter was in the car at the time, his mother said.

“You don’t get away with doing that.  That was cowardly. The detectives say that was cowardly, shoot somebody from the back, they can’t defend themselves,” Philpot said.  “Come forward.  I know this world.  Come forward, French didn’t do anything.”

She believes that red Mercedes belongs to his girlfriend.  They'd recently moved back to the area from Mississippi, she said.

There is a cash reward in the case.  Call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS if you have any information.  You don’t have to leave your name to get the reward.

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