Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Survivor of Molotov Cocktail Attack Takes It in Stride, Stays Positive

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Survivor of Molotov Cocktail Attack Takes It in Stride, Stays Positive

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ST. LOUIS * One day after three men pulled up beside her in traffic and threw a flaming Molotov cocktail into her SUV, Floyda Nunley said she's done a little bit of crying.

"It's not because I'm afraid; I'm crying because I feel joy," she said. "I still have my life."

Nunley, who is 79, said she was on her way to church Sunday morning when a Monte Carlo with three young men inside pulled up beside her near the intersection of Riverview Boulevard and Orchid Avenue.

"What's up OG, don't get too hot," she heard one of the men tell her, using a slang abbreviation for "original gangster" someone who's been around.

Then she heard a thump.

"All of a sudden, I could smell smoke. I looked over my right shoulder, and there were flames," she said. "My car caught fire almost instantly."

Nunley said she tried to put the car in park, but the gear shift wouldn't cooperate.

"I kept trying and trying and pushing that button until I finally got it. I didn't really have time to be afraid," she said. "All I did was grab my purse, and I jumped out of there."

Nunley made it out just before her SUV started making loud popping noises. The top half of the vehicle was nearly engulfed in flames, she said.

Once outside, Nunley was suddenly surrounded by onlookers.

She tried to go back to her vehicle to retrieve her Bible and her phone, but people on the scene stopped her.

"I wanted my phone because it has all my contacts in it," Nunley said. "One lady said to me, 'Don't go back, baby. You can always get a new phone.' She was right, so I didn't go back."

St. Louis police were called to the scene shortly before 11 a.m. for a fire. The bomb and arson unit are investigating. They did not say Monday whether they believe Nunley was targeted.

A day later, Nunley was matter-of-fact when discussing the attack. Her son, on the other hand, was still seething. …

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