The Rev. Monsignor Henry Breier leads in first responders during Blue Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. First responders attended the Mass in their honor in uniform and received medals during the service.
Trina Houshmand, mother of gun violence victim Clifford Swan III, wipes her eyes while speaking during the Mothers March To End Gun Violence in Fairground Park, 3715 Natural Bridge Avenue, on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. Two groups, St. Louis Mothers in Charge and Moms Demand Action organized the march to end violence against children in the area. Clifford, 13, was found shot to death in Spanish Lake on Thursday evening.
Firefighters work to eliminate a fire at the Union Pacific tracks near downtown Dupo on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. The tanker fire started after a train derailed and caused evacuations in the surrounding schools.
St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden speaks at a press conference held at the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. City officials are offering a $25,000 reward until Sept. 1. to anyone with information that will lead to an arrest in cases of recent shooting deaths of young children. Jurnee Thompson, 8, was killed in the most recent shooting when fights broke out Friday night at a football exhibition at Soldan High School.
Police investigate the scene of a shooting on the 6700 block of West Park Ave. on Friday, July 19, 2019.
Sheila Sweeney enters the Eagleton Courthouse with her legal team for sentencing on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. Sweeney pleaded guilty to one count of misprision of a felony in May after admitting she knew and covered up schemes to award political donors with county business by former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger.
Officers salute as the body of Illinois State Trooper Nick Hopkins, 33, is transferred from St. Louis University Hospital on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Hopkins was fatally shot while executing a search warrant Friday morning with other members of a SWAT team in East St. Louis.
An activist leans over the barricade in front of St. Louis Metropolitan Police Station during a protest following the acquittal of police officer Jason Stockley on Sept. 17, 2017.
A young boy holds a sign in front of St. Louis Metropolitan Police Station during a protest following the acquittal of police officer Jason Stockley on Sept. 17, 2017.
An activist smiles and waves during the St. Louis Women's March on Jan. 20, 2018.
Tarana Burke speaks to a crowd of students at Webster University's Loretto Hilton Center on Feb. 19, 2018. "For everyone who can’t say it, trust me, I’ll say it for you,” Burke said.
A young boy walks down the street in downtown St. Louis during the March for Our Lives on March 24, 2018.
Laverne Cox speaks to a crowd of students in Webster University's Grant Gymnasium on April 10, 2018. “Success is really the best revenge,” Cox said.
African American police detective Ron Stallworth holds up his Klu Klux Klan membership card in front of a group of students in Webster University's Grant Gymnasium on Oct. 12, 2018. Stallworth spent nine months undercover in the Klu Klux Klan from 1978-79.
Brittany Packnett embraces an audience member following her talk at the Ethical Society of St. Louis at 9001 Clayton Road, June 13, 2019.
From the top of the Gateway Arch, crowds attending the Stanley Cup celebration can be seen gathering for the rally held on the Arch grounds in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, June 15, 2019.
Ethan Weber dances with his niece, Bernadette, 7, of Bloomington, Ill., at the Gateway Arch for the Stanley Cup celebration in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, June 15, 2019.
TJ Cole, left, 30, of St. Louis holds his son Julien, 4, while walking next to Sgt. Tom Lake, right, 49, of St. Louis, as he holds Cole’s daughter Esabella, 1, during the second annual Victims Against Violence Walk in St. Louis. The march started at the First Unitarian Church of St. Louis parking lot, 5007 Waterman Boulevard, on Friday, July 12, 2019.
Sheila Hall, 53, a McDonald’s employee from St. Louis, protests outside of McDonald’s, 8127 Olive Blvd., on Friday, July 19, 2019. The group was one in a ten city protest to call on McDonald’s to raise wages to $15 an hour and introduce union rights.
Trinity Usanga, center, 10, Xavier Usanga’s sister, is embraced outside Xavier’s funeral at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. The 7-year-old was shot and killed as he played outside his family home during daylight hours in his Hyde Park neighborhood on Aug. 12.
Bonnie Watkins, 71, from Jerseyville, touches the name of a childhood friend at the American Traveling Tribute Vietnam Wall outside Parkview Elementary School in Bethalto, Ill., on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. Watkins said she remembers playing with him when she was young, and she brought flowers to lay under his name because she wanted to do something for him. Watkins described seeing the name as, ‘Hearbreaking.'
Firefighters lower the casket of Lt. Ronald W. Wehlage Jr. from the back of a fire truck during his funeral in St. Lucas Cemetery on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Wehlage, 40, of the De Soto Rural Fire Protection District, died of a heart attack on June 28, a day after battling a house fire. Photo by Christine Tannous