4 youths killed in 5 days in St. Louis

4 youths killed in 5 days in St. Louis
From left: Myiesha Cannon, Jashon Johnson, Charnija Keys (Images: provided)

[Ed. – The epidemic of inner-city violence claims more young lives.]

Another tragic shooting and death of a child in St Louis. Four children have died from guns since Saturday.

Most recently, Myiesha Cannon, a 16-year-old honor roll student at Sumner High School, was shot dead early Wednesday morning while sitting on a porch.

St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden said he’s doing everything within the department to curb the violence. Meanwhile, city leaders said police cannot solve the problem alone, and the victim’s family members said enough is enough – the senseless violence must end.

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“Somebody shot her in the head,” said Latrice Cannon, Myiesha’s mother.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting are unclear. Police have called the shooting suspicious.

Cannon is the fourth child in five days to die to gun violence.

Last Saturday night, 16-year-old Jashon Johnson was shot on Allen near Jefferson Avenue in south St. Louis. The following night, 3-year-old Kennedi Powell and a 6-year-old were shot on Michigan Avenue in south city. Powell died in the shooting.

On Monday night, 11-year-old Charnija Keys was shot in the head inside her home on N. 20th Street.

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