Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Henderson Not Ready to Rejoice Not until City Is Free of Murders, He Says

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Henderson Not Ready to Rejoice Not until City Is Free of Murders, He Says

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Murders in St. Louis dropped to the lowest level in three years, but Police Chief Ron Henderson wasn't smiling Tuesday.

"One murder is too many, so we're not rejoicing," he told those attending a New Year's Eve candlelight vigil to remember those slain in 1996. "What this tells us is that we still have a lot of work to do."

There had been 167 homicides in St. Louis in 1996, down 37 from 1995 and down 100 from the record 267 in 1993, Henderson said. Henderson said he was asked how to get the murder rate to zero in St. Louis. "I'll be honest, I really don't have the answer," he told about 100 people gathered at New Mount Gideon West Baptist Church in St. Louis. Three black wreaths adorned with yellow flowers were placed in front of the pulpit - one each for those killed in St. Louis, St. Louis County and East St. Louis. Nearly everyone who sat in the four rows reserved for those who had lost someone to violence wore black. Many wiped their eyes with tissues. …

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