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Fifteen-year-old boy killed in the Carondelet neighborhood

Sarah Deal, 61, lives next door on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, to the yard where a fatal shooting took place in the Carondelet neighborhood of St. Louis. Deal said that people hang out in the yard doing drugs from 7am until 10pm. "Then they go away," she said. "I guess to steal things," she added. Deal said she doesn't open her door at night, but she does hear people trying to get in. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

Updated at 2 p.m. with identification of the victim.

ST. LOUIS — A 15-year-old boy was found shot in the head and killed just before 6 a.m. Sunday in the 7300 block of Vermont Avenue in the Carondelet neighborhood of south St. Louis.

Sentonio Cox, of the 7600 block of Alabama Avenue, was found when officers responded to a call for a "missing person." 

Homicide detectives are investigating, police said.

A teenager who identified himself as a friend of the victim said the victim was headed home in the early hours of Sunday morning. He said the victim often cuts through an empty lot on the 7300 block of Vermont Avenue, which is where the incident took place, on his way home.

The boy is the 13th child killed in shootings in the city of St. Louis this year. A 10-year-old girl was killed in a triple homicide Saturday afternoon, but police didn't say how she died.

On Saturday, city officials announced $25,000 in rewards for information leading to arrests in recent shooting deaths. The announcement was made a day after Jurnee Thompson, 8, was shot and killed on Friday night. 

Mayor Lyda Krewson said the rewards are only offered until Sept. 1 to urge tipsters to call CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477 with what they know as soon as possible. The usual reward is up to $5,000 for helpful tips.

Anyone with information in the shooting of Sentonio Cox is urged to call the Homicide Division directly at 314-444-5371, or anyone with a tip who wants to remain anonymous and is interested in a reward can contact CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.

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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