62 murders and counting: St. Louis tallies its dead as gun violence keeps rising

62 murders and counting: St. Louis tallies its dead as gun violence keeps rising

May 25, 2015
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Tyrin Valentine had just pulled out of the drive-through lane at McDonald’s when he heard the shots. His first instinct was to get as far away as possible, followed immediately by a flash: “I just need to go check on my little brother.”

He turned around and drove back to the parking lot, where his brother Tyrell and a cousin had followed in a second car. “All the windows were shot up, and they had crashed into the trash can. He was in the car, like this,” Valentine said, collapsing on an imaginary steering wheel as he recalled the incident weeks later. “His foot was on the gas pedal. They both got shot in the head. My cousin was at the drive-through window, he was bleeding, asking for help.”

Valentine said police officers slammed him to the ground when they arrived on the scene. “I said ‘Why are you doing me like this? I am the victim,'” he recalled. “My little brother just got killed.”

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