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Coroner: Body found outside East St. Louis school that of 13-year-old boy

Coroner: Body found outside East St. Louis school that of 13-year-old boy

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EAST ST. LOUIS — A body that was found over the weekend in the parking lot of a middle school was identified Monday as that of a 13-year-old boy.

St. Clair County Coroner Calvin Dye identified the teen as Michael A. Moore.

His body was found Sunday morning in the parking lot of Mason-Clark Middle School in East St. Louis, police said.

By Monday, all evidence of a crime scene was gone, save for a small memorial of flowers and candles set up on a muddy parking lot median.

East St. Louis police responded to the scene about 8 a.m. Sunday. Illinois State Police have taken over the investigation and have categorized the death as a homicide.

State police Lt. Calvin Brown said investigators believe the teen was shot between 8 and 10 p.m. on Saturday. He was mortally wounded near North 57th Street and Ridge Avenue and then either walked or ran to the school parking lot less than 100 yards away, where he collapsed, Brown said.

“We’ve got some active leads we’re following up on,” he said.

Authorities released no further details about his death.

Members of Michael’s family declined to comment when approached Monday at their home in East St. Louis.

The East St. Louis School District said in a statement that Michael was a student in the district but attended school in another Metro East district about 20 miles to the north, in Alton.

“Today the East St. Louis School District is grieving the loss of one of our students, Michael Moore,” the statement read. “We send our sincere condolences to the family as they cope with this tragic loss of a young life.”

School is not in session this week and officials said counselors will be available to students and staff once classes resume.

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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