Murder/Suicide – Killed – Boy – Markell Beasley (Cape Girardeau, MO)

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St. Louis man and a 6-year-old boy were found shot to death Tuesday night in an apparent murder-suicide at a house on South Hanover Street.

Cape Girardeau police identified the victims as Demetrius Beasley, 40, of St. Louis and Markell Beasley, 6, of Jefferson City, Mo.

In a news release Wednesday, the Jefferson City Police Department reported it had received information Sunday that Markell’s mother had allowed him to travel to St. Louis to be with Beasley’s family for a holiday party, and Beasley did not intend to bring him back.

Jefferson City police issued an “endangered person alert” and began investigating possible locations or other people who might know where Beasley and the boy were, the release stated.
An Amber Alert was issued for Markell on Tuesday.

Jefferson City detectives worked with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies statewide to find Beasley and Markell, the release stated.

Jefferson City police received word Tuesday evening that Beasley and Markell were in Cape Girardeau. A short time later, Cape Girardeau police responded to a call of shots fired, the release stated.

About 8:35 p.m. Tuesday, someone flagged down officers in the 300 block of South Hanover Street to report two people had been found dead in a residence, Cape Girardeau police Sgt. Jason Selzer said in an email to local media late Tuesday night.

The victims were found in a residence at 308 S. Hanover St., Selzer wrote.

Selzer sent out another email Wednesday morning identifying the two dead people as Beasley and Markell.

Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton said the cause of death was gunshot wounds.


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