Police: Person in custody in investigation of 7-year-old’s shooting death in St. Louis

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Police: Person in custody in investigation of 7-year-old’s shooting death in St. Louis

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Xavier Usanga, then 6, poses for a picture after his school holiday assembly in December 2018. Photo provided by Usanga family.

Mary Norwood, grandmother of 7-year-old Xavier Usanga, says she wishes she would have taught her grandson what to do if he heard gunshots, as she talks to reporters on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, a day after Xavier was shot and killed in the 3500 block of N. 14th Street in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Photo by Robert Cohen, rcohen@post-dispatch.com.

Xavier Usanga, pictured this past July during a community event night with The Links St. Louis organization. Photo courtesy The Links St. Louis

Xavier Usanga, then 5, poses for a picture after losing his first tooth. Photo provided by Usanga family.

Carmen Long, a longtime neighbor of the Usanga family, is comforted by Alderman Brandon Bosley after a news conference about the death of 7-year-old Xavier Usanga on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, a day after Xavier was shot and killed in the 3500 block of N. 14th Street in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Photo by Robert Cohen, rcohen@post-dispatch.com.

Robert Patrick

Robert Patrick is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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