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Teen shot by man had hands up, prosecutor says

DOWNTOWN – A 15-year-old boy was backing away with his hands in the air when he was gunned down by a man more than three times his age in the Patch neighborhood of south St. Louis early Sunday.

Charges filed Thursday say Joseph Renick, 54, pulled a revolver on Sentonio Cox early Sunday on Vermont Avenue near Robert Avenue.

“Defendant pointed a revolver at Sentonio Cox as he was backing away from him in retreat with his hands raised,” the charging documents said. “Defendant fired one shot into Cox’s head killing him.”

There is no word on what led to the initial conflict.

Renick is charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and illegal possession of a firearm. Charges say he has a prior conviction for felony non-support in St. Louis County.

Sentonio Cox is the most recent victim in a rash of killings this summer that have left at least 13 children under age 16 dead in the city.

George Sells

george.sells@metrostlcom.wpcomstaging.com George Sells is an Emmy Award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of experience in news. He has spent the last decade on the St. Louis media scene, working for KTVI Fox 2, HEC Media, and more recently as a host for KMOX Radio. His wife of twenty years, Julie, was born and raised in St. Louis. They have two kids and a dog.

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