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Angry over car-repair bill, teen accused of killing mechanic with mom's help

Kim Bell, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

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Gholson lives in the 3800 block of Enright Avenue. He is being held without bail. Anthony, 39, lives in the 2600 block of Chippewa Avenue. Her bail is set at $25,000, cash only.

Victim's sister speaks

One of Charley's six sisters, who identified herself only as Cindy, said Charley was one of nine children who grew up in Brighton in the Metro East.

"He was a very, very generous person," she said. "He was always willing to help someone in need when it came to their vehicles. He loved working on cars, it was like a passion for him."

Charley would repair cars at a fraction of what a typical repair shop would charge, his sister said. He would allow them to make installments so they could have a reliable vehicle.

Charley would work on cars in the street, in the yard, and "he was getting a good name for himself. His goal was to open his own three-car garage repair shop this year."

Charley was the father of three adult children. He was shot five times in the chest, his sister said. As Charley lay dying in the street, a neighbor held his hand.

The neighbor "just held his hand and assured him it would be okay," Cindy said. "We as a family were comforted to know he didn't die alone."


Cindy said her brother was "tough on the outside but very gentle on the inside."

Hours after his death, Cindy said some members of the family went to the home on Prairie to retrieve some of his belongings. They searched for the $3,000 to $4,000 in tools he had purchased with inheritance money after his mother died in December. The tools were already gone, Cindy said. She believes they were swiped by people who showed up after the crime-scene tape was removed and started stealing.

She said she knew her brother lived and worked in a tough neighborhood, but he never complained to her about crime. He lived in the Jeff-Vander-Lou neighborhood.

"He was just building a good reputation to help people out," she said. "People who couldn't afford a legit repair shop. That was his goal."

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