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St. Francis Alum Megan Boken Shot to Death

Authorities say Wheaton's Megan Boken was gunned down outside an apartment building in St. Louis.

A 23-year-old Wheaton native was shot to death while outside a St. Louis apartment building, authorities said.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Megan Boken was found about 2:20 p.m. Saturday with gunshots to her neck and chest. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she was later pronounced dead. Witnesses told police they’d seen Boken arguing with a man who was either exiting her vehicle or had opened the door to it.

St. Louis police do not have anyone in custody, according to ABC 7 News.

Police describe the suspected gunman as an African-American male, in his mid-20's, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, with a thin build and short hair, according to CBS News.

According to the Post-Dispatch:

The shooter was seen firing two shots into the vehicle before leaving the scene, police said. He left before police arrived. He was described as a black man believed to be in his mid-20s, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall with a thin build and short hair.

Police have no evidence Boken knew her killer, and are looking through her car for evidence, as well as seeking witnesses and surveillance video from the neighborhood.

Boken, a graduate of St. Francis High School, helped lead the school’s volleyball team to state titles in 2004 and 2006 and later attended St. Louis University.

According to the university’s website, Boken excelled on the court and off. A 2011 graduate of the university's John Cook School of Business, she also earned a nod for academic excellence and her involvement on the university’s student athlete advisory committee.

After graduation, Boken returned to the Chicago area. She was in St. Louis for an alumni game. Friends began to worry when she didn't arrive for warm-ups or the game, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

"Megan was a vibrant young woman and a wonderful representative of Saint Louis University and Billiken athletics," SLU athletic director Chris May said. "In addition to being a great student, she was an outstanding athlete and an important part of our championship volleyball teams.

The university issued the statement:

"We are shocked and saddened by this terrible and tragic loss. Megan was a truly outstanding student-athlete who excelled in the classroom and on the court. She exemplified the very best of what it means to be a Saint Louis University Billiken. Our focus right now is on providing as much support as we can for our students, and our thoughts and prayers are with Megan's family and friends during this very difficult time."

Boken’s family issued a statement to multiple news outlets over the weekend.

"Megan was a wonderful and beautiful human being loved by everyone she met. The family and the community are devastated by this senseless tragedy. And the family would like to thank everyone for their outpouring of support. The initial reports that Megan knew her attacker are no longer believed to be true. The family asks that you keep Megan and them in your thoughts and prayers and respect their privacy at this time."

Authorities meanwhile are continuing a search for the shooting suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.

Service information will be available on the university website when it is available.

 

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H.Czarnecki August 20, 2012 at 02:36 PM
PEACE, PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS, May we humbly share our sorrow and courage given in life lived sadly to short by Megan that in the passing the message from.her family is not a wonder where the real champions are born. The family raises and Megan always will inspire a. Champion not only in sports her love for Faith people. Her eyes reelection of the soul remembering in that it is not about who we are; rather whose we are...our thoughts are with you and gratitidude for courage to inspire us all life is a gift as blessed in.living many must be blessed living knowing the family and dear Megan. WE are very sorry for this tragedy and loss.~czarneckis H,K,J,C &H wheaton
J C Harding August 20, 2012 at 03:51 PM
The moment I saw the words, ".. shot to death .. St. Louis apartment building" - well, I knew the likely persuasion of the shooter. Be honest - you did too ...
Joe Fruzyna August 20, 2012 at 05:29 PM
First response fragmented. This is a very sad story. Even more sad is the location and way this happend.
Stel Pontikes August 20, 2012 at 07:18 PM
It was 2:20 PM, in the middle of the afternoon...NOT 2AM...in an upscale area of the city of St. Louis that's filled with condos, apartments, townhouses, and elegant older homes on the near west side of town. Not some rundown area, as you are intimating in your comments.
Joe Fruzyna August 20, 2012 at 07:34 PM
This is not my comment. I don't know who did this!...My comment was at 12:30 about how sad this is.
Charlotte Eriksen (Editor) August 20, 2012 at 08:50 PM
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St. Louis University Mom August 20, 2012 at 08:58 PM
As a mother of a recent St. Louis graduate, I know that the area that this beautiful young lady was shot in, is NOT in a drug infested neighborhood as Joe Fruzyna assumes. If you are familiar with the university's location, then you'll know that there are numerous upscale apartments in which many students opt to live in the last 2 years of their attendance at SLU (as is the case in many university towns). These apartments surround the university proper. People need to realize that this kind of tragedy can happen anywhere (Illinois State University, Northern Illinois University, Virginia Tech, etc.). Scum who prey on innocent victims are not just lurking in drug infested neighborhoods. Let's embrace the facts and not degrade this victim's reputation by making false assumptions. Taking the life of this beautiful young lady is a devastating tragedy that all should voice their outrage about and pray that the scum who robbed her of her life will be punished fully under the law.
Joe Fruzyna August 20, 2012 at 10:25 PM
I did NOT say this people. If you can see, the first comment that says from Joe Fruzyna coming in was by someone else and is fragmented. I to am a parent and would never make any negative comments about a young person. What I ment in MY comment at 12:30 was how horrible in the way this young girl from our area lost her life and that she was away from her family. The 12:27 comment is NOT from me Joe Fruzyna...I don't know how that was posted!
St. Louis University Mom August 21, 2012 at 01:54 AM
You are absolutely right. It is devastatingly horrible, not only for Megan and her family, but for the students who will soon be starting school at SLU.
Joe Fruzyna August 24, 2012 at 03:00 AM
What does this mean?!...I say I feel bad for a child that gets killed violently and away from home and I'm being threatend?! Or you hope the same thing happens to me?
Alex Esche August 25, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I lived in a St. Louis apartment building; what's my persuasion?
Alex Esche August 25, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Joe, it sucks that you can't delete the original comment under your name. I lived in St. Louis; I went to Washington University. The Central West End is a very nice area, I'm shocked that this happened.
Charlotte Eriksen (Editor) August 27, 2012 at 04:36 PM
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