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RIVERVIEW — A 14-year-old St. Louis boy was shot and killed inside an apartment where a group of teenagers had gathered, police said Sunday.

Police were called to the apartment in the 10000 block of Toelle Lane before 11 a.m. Saturday for a welfare check. they found the victim, Ien Coleman, with at least one gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The child lived in the 2100 block of Chippewa St. in St. Louis, said Sgt. Benjamin Granda of the St. Louis County Police Department.

A juvenile boy has been identified as a person of interest, but he has not been taken into custody.

The victim and the second juvenile knew each other, police said.

Ien is the second child to be killed by gunfire over the weekend in the St. Louis area. On Friday night, 10-year-old Eddie Hill IV was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in St. Louis. 

Police are asking anyone with information to call the St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Crimes Against Persons at 636-529-8210.

To remain anonymous or potentially receive a reward, call CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371TIPS(8477).

The boy joins a growing list of children who have died, many of them by gunfire, in the St. Louis area this year. 

Coverage of children who died in the St. Louis area in 2019

These are the local incidents of homicide or neglect involving children, based on Post-Dispatch reporting. This list doesn't include children killed in car accidents (unless a criminal charge was filed) or incidents not being investigated by homicide detectives.

Kennedi Powell and her neighborhood friends had just swarmed her father’s car for a piece of pizza Sunday evening when a white car drove past,…

Kristina Curry, 16, was found dead just before 5 a.m. Thursday on a rear parking lot at Roosevelt High School at 3230 Hartford Street, police said. 

Kayden Johnson, 2, and his mother Trina’ty Riley, 18, were found dead with gunshot wounds shortly before midnight in their home in the 5900 bl…

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