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UPDATED at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday with a third shooting this week.

ST. LOUIS  •  For the third time in three days, a child has been fatally shot in St. Louis.

Police identified the latest victim as Charnija Keys, 11. Charnija was shot in the head about 11:40 p.m. Monday in the 1500 block of North 20th Street, police said. She died at a hospital.

Charnija Keys

An undated family photo of Charnija Keys, who was fatally shot on June 10, 2019, at the age of 11. Photo courtesy of the Keys family.

Police are labeling the case a "suspicious death" and released no additional details. Homicide detectives and child-abuse investigators are handling the case.

Charnija lived on North 20th Street, in the city's Carr Square neighborhood.  

She was the third child in three days to die after being shot in St. Louis. The others are:

• On Saturday night, a 16-year-old boy was shot and killed just northwest of Fairground Park, St. Louis police said. Jashon Johnson, of the 2700 block of Allen Avenue, was shot several times, police said. Police arrived just after 10:30 p.m. at Saturday to Red Bud and Margaretta avenues. Jashon was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The shooting took place in the O’Fallon neighborhood.

• On Sunday night, 3-year-old Kennedi Powell was shot to death in a drive-by shooting in the 4600 block of Michigan Avenue, in the city's Mount Pleasant neighborhood. Kennedi and her neighborhood friends had just swarmed her father’s car for a piece of pizza Sunday evening when a white car drove past, and someone inside it opened fire. One round struck Kennedi in the chest, and another hit her 6-year-old neighbor, Oriel Smith. Oriel was critically injured, police say.

This is a breaking story. Check back for updates.

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), self-inflicted accidental shootings or incidents not being investigated by homicide detectives.

Myiesha Cannon, 16, was shot in the head about 1:25 a.m. in the 4400 block of Lexington Avenue in city's Greater Ville neighborhood. She died …

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. 

Jaylon McKenzie, 14, an eighth grader at Mason-Clark Middle School in East St. Louis who was featured in Sports Illustrated as one of six youn…

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…

Malik Moore, 17, was shot in the 100 block of Chambers Road about 2:50 p.m., authorities said. He lived on the same block, just west of Riverv…

2019 St. Louis area homicide map: Click the top left corner of the map to see a list of homicides by date. Then, click the date for a summary of what happened.

Type of killing
Unspecified Homicide
Police Shooting
Justified Homicide
Child Abuse
Vehicular Homicide
Suspicious Death


2018 homicide map

2017 homicide map

2016 homicide map

2015 homicide map

2014 homicide map

Kim Bell is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.