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11-year-old girl is third child fatally shot in St. Louis in 3 days

Kim Bell, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

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ST. LOUIS -- For the third time in three days, a child has been fatally shot in St. Louis.

Police identified the latest victim as Charnija Keys, 11. Charnija was shot in the head about 11:40 p.m. Monday in the 1500 block of North 20th Street, police said. She died at a hospital.

Police are labeling the case a "suspicious death" and released no additional details. Homicide detectives and child abuse investigators are handling the case.

Charnija lived on North 20th Street, in the city's Carr Square neighborhood.

She was the third child in three days to die after being shot in St. Louis:

-- On Saturday night, a 16-year-old boy was shot and killed just northwest of Fairground Park, St. Louis police said. Jashon Johnson, of the 2700 block of Allen Avenue, was shot several times, police said. Police arrived just after 10:30 p.m. at Saturday to Red Bud and Margaretta avenues. Jashon was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The shooting took place in the O'Fallon neighborhood.


-- On Sunday night, 3-year-old Kennedi Powell was shot to death in a drive-by shooting in the 4600 block of Michigan Avenue, in the city's Mount Pleasant neighborhood. Kennedi and her neighborhood friends had just swarmed her father's car for a piece of pizza Sunday evening when a white car drove past, and someone inside it opened fire. One round struck Kennedi in the chest, and another hit her 6-year-old neighbor, Oriel Smith. Oriel was critically injured, police say.

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