Megan Boken Didn’t Know Her Murderer, Contrary To Early Reports
St. Louis, MO – Volleyball standout Megan Boken’s tragic murder by an unknown gunman has left many unanswered questions – first and foremost of which, did she know her killer?
Boken, a former college volleyball star, was at St. Louis University in Missouri to play in a match that had alumni facing off against student athletes to start the fall season. She was murdered in her Volkswagen outside of her alma mater, another victim in a recent string of gun violence. According to ABC News, police have been combing surveillance footage, desperately searching for a lead in the case, which is being investigated “from a robbery standpoint” at this time.
“We have no evidence that she knew [the gunman],” said David Marzullo, director of public information for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
Though initial reports speculated that Boken may have known her murderer, even the family has released a statement saying that they do not believe this to be the case. “The initial reports that Megan knew her attacker are no longer believed to be true. The family asks that you keep Megan and them in your thoughts and prayers and respect their privacy at this time,” the statement, released to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, said in part.
Reports say that 23-year-old Boken was shot at close range, though it is not known whether the shooter got into the car with her or merely opened the door. Witnesses say that Boken was arguing with a man prior to the shooting. He has been described as a “thin black man in his mid-20s, about 5-foot-8 tall with short hair.” Boken was wounded in the neck and chest and was pronounced dead at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay reacted to the killing Sunday, tweeting that he was “not impressed by the preemptive tweets defending guns following yesterday’s fatal shooting in the CWE.” He continued, “Whatever the circumstances, the shooter deserves every bad thing that is going to happen to him…and more.”