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10-year-old girl among three killed Saturday night

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Updated at 2 p.m. with identifications of the victims.

ST. LOUIS — Police confirmed Sunday morning that a 10-year-old girl was among three people killed on the 700 block of North 21st Street around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Police identified the victims Sunday afternoon as Gene Watson III, 46, Antoinette Banks, 45, and Nyla Banks, 10. The Bankses lived in the 3300 block of Park, officers said. Watson lived in that block of North 21st Street.

The victims were found in an apartment, the Post-Dispatch previously reported. Two of the victims were shot and one was stabbed, police said Saturday.

Anyone with information 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.

Nyla Banks' death happened the same day St. Louis City officials announced $25,000 in rewards in the shooting deaths of several children. On Sunday morning, a 15-year-old died in a shooting in the Carondelet neighborhood.

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.

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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