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Man charged with murder after girl shot at playground dies

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UPDATED 2:30 p.m. with murder charge.

ST. LOUIS • A 7-year-old girl wounded by a stray bullet as she played on a playground May 22 died Tuesday night, St. Louis police said.

J'Nylah Douglas was struck in the head after gunfire erupted down the street from the playground at the Clinton-Peabody housing complex just south of downtown, police said. The gunfire stemmed from an argument over drugs, authorities said.

J'Nylah lived in the 6900 block of Michigan Avenue but was visiting family at the complex.

Elvis C. Smith, 48, had previously been charged in the shooting, and a first-degree murder charge was added Wednesday. Smith also faces two charges of armed criminal action, first-degree assault, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Valerie Schremp Hahn of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report.


EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story contained an incorrect spelling of the girl's name. This version has been corrected.

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