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ST. LOUIS — Eddie Hill IV was the 10-year-old boy who was killed in a drive-by shooting on Friday night while on a porch with his father and other adults, relatives said on Saturday.

Eddie was shot about 8:30 p.m. at a home in the 4700 block of Page Boulevard near the intersection with Marcus Avenue, police said. He was the ninth child killed in shootings in the St. Louis area since June.

St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden said Eddie was with his father and three other adults when shots were fired from an assault rifle in a passing vehicle.

No one but Eddie was hit. An officer patrolling the area heard the shots and quickly called paramedics to the shooting scene, Hayden said. Police later identified the vehicle involved in the shooting as a blue SUV.

Eddie’s father was in the home Saturday morning but too distraught to speak to reporters, relatives said. They said Eddie was smart enough to have skipped a grade. His mother told KTVI (Channel 2) that he wanted to go to college.

The home is just a half-block from West Side Missionary Baptist Church in the Lewis Place neighborhood. The neighborhood is a mix of well-kept homes and vacant ones with windows and doors boarded up with paintings of local politicians, sports stars and other famous people.

Across the street, near snarls of crime scene tape, a yard sign proclaims, “We Must Stop Killing Each Other.”

“It’s unfortunate that St. Louis … continues to act like we’re not in crisis,” said James Clark, vice president of community outreach for Better Family Life, on Saturday. Clark said there was a “war” going on in the neighborhood, resulting in a series of homicides.

Clark said his group had been talking to young men in the area, trying to get them to stand down. Asked what had triggered the trouble, Clark said “it’s now about trying to mediate the conflicts and achieve a peaceful resolution.”

Anyone with information on Eddie’s shooting is asked by police to call 314-444-5371 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.

Nassim Benchaabane of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report.

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.

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Reporter covering breaking news and crime by night. Born in Algeria but grew up in St. Louis. Previously reported for The Associated Press in Jackson, Mississippi and at the Wichita Eagle in Wichita, Kansas.