62-year-old found shot to death in Kirkwood home

KIRKWOOD, Mo. – A 62-year-old grandmother was found shot to death Wednesday morning in her Kirkwood home. Her family is wondering if it's connected to another relative's violent death.

According to Det. Robert Bruhy, a spokesman for the Kirkwood Police Department, officers were called to the Townhomes at Stonecrest in the 1200 block of Rockridge Place around 8:30 a.m. They found the body of a woman in the front room of the residence.

The victim was identified as Karen Torrence. She was a mother of five and had several grandchildren.

“It was senseless. The killings here in St. Louis needs to cease,” said Marlin Earvin, Torrence's sister-in-law.

Torrence was shot multiple times when an intruder kicked in her back door around 8 a.m.

“For them to shoot her as many times as they say it happened, that’s serious. Police said someone came and shot her and killed her,” one neighbor said.

Torrence's family believes her death is connected to a relative's murder, which occurred in St. Louis over a year ago. In that case, Torrence's 19-year-old grandson, Shelbyon Polk, was gunned down on Thanksgiving morning on Burd Street.

"(Torrence) was a beautiful person and had a beautiful heart. So who would have done this has to be very heartless,” Earvin said.

Kirkwood police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 314-822-5858 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.