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Tragic Shooting Claims Life of Teenager in South St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - A wave of shock and grief has swept over the south St. Louis community following the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old girl. The victim, identified by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD) as Dornae Hayes, was found on a back porch in the 2700 block of Miami, suffering from a gunshot wound.



The incident occurred just after 11 p.m., with Hayes being rushed to a nearby hospital where she was later pronounced dead. The back porch, located at the intersection of Miami and Iowa, was reportedly a common hangout for a group of teens who often gathered there to charge their phones.


#ChristianFrommelt, a decade-long resident of the Gravois Park neighborhood, described the unsettling backdrop of violence that has become all too familiar. “The loud speeding cars and the gunshots are what make it a little unnerving to be in the neighborhood,” Frommelt said.


The Homicide Unit has been requested to investigate the incident. While no information on a suspect or suspects has been released, Major Michael Mueller confirmed that no arrests have been made yet. “It’s a horrible incident any time anybody dies, but especially a 15-year-old child,” Major Mueller said. “We all have children and it’s a very tragic incident. A lot of the officers take that to heart.”


This incident marks the 68th homicide in 2024 in St. Louis City, slightly above the 65 homicides reported at this time last year. It is also the second homicide in the Gravois Park neighborhood this year, where a juvenile was the victim.


In response to the escalating violence, community members have been rallying together to improve the area. “There’s a lot of people in #GravoisPark who are working to make it a safer place for everyone,” Frommelt said.


Our thoughts are with the family and friends of #DornaeHayes during this difficult time. She will be truly missed.



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