Man charged in summer murder of St. Louis teen Aniya Cook

2012-12-12T19:01:00Z 2015-03-26T18:13:06Z Man charged in summer murder of St. Louis teen Aniya CookFROM STAFF REPORTS

UPDATED at 9:15 a.m. Thursday with mugshot of Reynolds

ST. LOUIS • A 25-year-old St. Louis man has been charged with murdering an 18-year-old Aniya Cook as she sat in a car with her boyfriend early one morning over the summer.

Richard C. Reynolds, of the 4400 block of Strodtman Place in the College Hill neighborhood, was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder, first-degree assault, and two counts of armed criminal action.

Cook was shot about 1 a.m. on July 31 after she went to the 5100 block of Highland Avenue to console her boyfriend, Anthony Bobo, about a shooting on the same block earlier that night.

According to court documents, Reynolds was acting with others and waited for the pair to return to a car that Bobo had been driving.

When they returned, Reynolds “and others fired guns into that vehicle,” according to court documents.

Cook was shot in the face and died three days later.

A spokeswoman for Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce would not say whether Reynolds knew Cook or Bobo or whether more charges would be filed.

Cook attended Imagine College Prep High School and was a member of the National Honor Society.

She had graduated from high school in May and had a scholarship to attend Missouri State University.

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