A 19-year-old was seriously beaten on the MetroLink on Sunday afternoon
As if the murder of Megan Boken
and a second armed robbery
in the CWE weren't enough, now it appears the "Knockout Game" is alive and well in central St. Louis -- just in case you needed more proof that certain St. Louisans are capable of behaving like jackals. KMOV
and the Post-Dispatch
have all covered a teenager suffering a quick and serious beat-down on the MetroLink
on Sunday afternoon at the hands of four other kids. They didn't rob him, leading to speculation that they were playing Knockout King (for background, see our feature
Nobody agrees on precisely where
it happened, though the consensus seems to be that it occurred somewhere between the Forest Park and Union Station stops (a pretty long stretch of rail line).
By all accounts, the kid was minding his own business when the beating started. It only lasted a few minutes, but the kid's face is fractured and swollen, according to KTVI.
KTVI also gathered a bunch of heartbreaking photos
from the victim's mother, who says her 19-year-old is a quiet kid who likes music and art. (The pictures of his artwork, including the one of a quiet farm, certainly don't suggest the kind of kid who was "asking for it.")
The mother told the news crew her son might need surgery.
Police have confiscated the surveillance videos as evidence.