The death toll ramped up as summer began. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, at least a dozen children have been fatally shot in the city since April.
Thompson’s death prompted action from Mayor Lyda Krewson. On Saturday, she announced $25,000 for leads to help find the child’s killer.
Rewards also were offered in the cases of Kayden Johnson, 2; Kennedi Powell, 3; and Eddie Hill, 8, all of whom were killed between April and July, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief John W. Hayden Jr. said. The money — totaling $100,000 — will be available until Sept 1.
FBI statistics rank St. Louis among the most violent U.S. cities; it has maintained one of the highest homicide rates in the nation for several years. In 2018, St. Louis recorded 186 killings. As of Sunday, the city’s total for 2019 was 128.
According to a Washington Post analysis of homicide arrest data, of the 1,677 homicides in St. Louis from 2007 to 2017, 54 percent did not result in an arrest.
“We need information from the public to help us bring these shooters to justice,” Krewson said at Saturday’s news conference. “We are all at risk if these suspects remain on the street.”