There are always tough stories in this business. Crime scenes, families raw with emotion, but some days are harder than others. The last two weeks have been extremely violent in St. Louis and it’s been hard to see my beloved city plagued by such senseless gunfire. A mother killed, a baby killed, crimes that just punch you in the gut.
I did several stories over the last two weeks surrounding some of the violence. An interview with Chief Sam Dotson about stolen guns, breaking news on the end to the man hunt for one of the alleged shooters, but reporting the news and trying to break down what can be done about these crimes can get disheartening. I truly do believe we as the media have an impact and an obligation to report on these crimes but also the proposed solutions. The reality is though there’s only so much the police can do. There’s only so much the social service programs can do. And sometimes that’s really frustrating. There was an excellent story in the Sunday New York Times about the violent Memorial Day Weekend in Chicago. Reading it, it could easily have been about St. Louis.
One moment I recall from last week was after our live shot in front of the memorial on Washington Avenue for Brandi Hill, a mother who was shot and killed, a woman came up to me. She was putting flowers on the memorial. She didn’t know Brandi but said someone had done the same for her father after he was killed. She and I spoke for a bit on the shocking nature of this crime, a deadly carjacking on the busy street in downtown. And then she asked if she could hug me. I said yes and that hug was exactly what I needed. We parted ways but her good nature of offering flowers to one stranger’s family, and a hug to another stranger, gave me hope. We need more people like that.
It’s why I try to use this space to highlight the good. St. Louis is such an incredible city, filled with incredible people. I spent a day the other week volunteering for Brightside. With a group of volunteers we cleaned up a park in South City. I met so many wonderful people working to make the neighborhood a more beautiful and safer place to live. If you know of people or programs working to make St. Louis a better place, let me know, I would love to hear about them. Let’s all hope for a quieter week for our city.
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