There are some safety fears in South St. Louis. The community is calling for action after two St. Louis immigrants were murdered within 10 days of one another.
Helping lead the push is the brother of one of the victims. Mirza Gogic and his family moved to St. Louis from Bosnia 12 years ago hoping for a better life. They bought a house and opened a business but, on May 31st everything changed. Now the business is permanently closed and Mirza and his family want to move.
“I lost my brother and I don’t want anyone else to lose theirs,” said Gogic.
The 23 year old wants the violence to stop. He says he doesn’t want anyone else to go through the pain and suffering he’s experiencing right now. He can’t even bear to live in his South City home.
His 19-year-old brother Haris was shot and killed last month. Mirza was shot in the arm after police say Joseph Fox robbed their convenient and wireless store and opened fire.
“I lost a brother, lost a business, I lost a house. I mean all because of one person came in here over $30. Took my brother’s life away and changed everything in our family everything that we worked for,” said Gogic.
Mirza’s family isn’t alone. Just 10 days later, a 29-year-old immigrant from Bhutan was murdered at the 7 eleven where he worked. Mon Rai left behind a pregnant wife and a young son. His killer is still on the loose.
“When is it going to stop. It’s not looking like it’s stopping anytime soon,” said Gogic.
“Everyone should feel safe and should be safe in our city and that’s our goal,” said Mayor Francis Slay.
He says the city is taking steps to make the city safer, holding community outreach meetings and creating new positions.
“We have been very active with working with immigrant communities but we want to do more. I will be appointing as in July 1st a Diversity Director in the city of St. Louis. One of her jobs is to engage the immigrant community even more so, to be a direct pipeline to my office from that community so the concerns and issues can be directly and I think more affectively addressed,” said Mayor Slay.
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