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Homicide’s Wake: ‘We want to tell the story of 188 homicides by telling the story of one’

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LaQuita Clark ties balloons to a tree planted at Barrett Brothers Park in memory of her boyfriend and son's father, Rashad Farmer, who was fatally shot last July.

Today, St. Louis Public Radio released its series on homicide in the city of St. Louis after months of preparation. The series takes a look at homicide from the point-of-view of a victim’s family and friends, investigators, first responders and the residents of a neighborhood. While many media portrayals of St. Louis’ homicide rate come as statistics, with little more than a blurb or sound bite attached to them, reporters Durrie Bouscaren and Rachel Lippmann looked at the issue more deeply.

As Bouscaren put it: “We want to tell the story of 188 [homicides], by telling the story of one.”

Listen to Bouscaren and Lippmann discuss the project on “St. Louis on the Air” with Don Marsh:

You can view the interactive story online here.

St. Louis on the Air brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh and producers Mary Edwards,Alex Heuer and Kelly Moffitt give you the information you need to make informed decisions and stay in touch with our diverse and vibrant St. Louis region. 

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Kelly Moffitt joined St. Louis Public Radio in 2015 as an online producer for St. Louis Public Radio's talk shows St. Louis on the Air.

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