Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Police Seeking Suspect in Killing of Man, 86 Death of Gentle Neighbor Angers Friends

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Police Seeking Suspect in Killing of Man, 86 Death of Gentle Neighbor Angers Friends

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Albert Irvin, 86, stooped in pain when he walked - because of a back injury many years ago. But it didn't stop him from attending church.

"If Mr. Irvin could move, he'd come to church," said the Rev. Mark Bane, pastor of the Southwest Church of the Nazarene, at 4543 Magnolia Avenue.

On Sunday, Bane's congregation, many in tears, prayed for Irvin.

Irvin was killed Saturday night as he tried to keep a burglar from entering his home in the 1400 block of Devlin Street, a two-block-long, tuck-away road behind Hampton Avenue near Manchester Avenue.

Irvin and his wife, Nettie, 79, were watching television about 9 p.m., when they heard a noise in the basement, police said.

The couple could hear footsteps coming up the stairs to the kitchen, and Irvin braced the door with his body while his wife went to the next room and called 911.

"The burglar said, `Let me in and I won't hurt you. If you don't, I'll kill you both,' " said Homicide Sgt. Joe Burgoon.

When Nettie Irvin returned to the kitchen, she found her husband dead on the floor. …

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