Man Charged with Murder of College-Bound Aniya Cook


Aniya Cook had a scholarship to MSU when she was fatally shot in July.
  • Aniya Cook had a scholarship to MSU when she was fatally shot in July.
Everybody knows about the murder of volleyball player Megan Boken in the Central West End last August.

Fewer people know about the murder of 18-year-old Aniya Cook just weeks earlier. But those who read Bill McClellan's haunting column in the Post-Dispatch on August 26 will remember.

And they'll be pleased to learn that someone has finally been charged for the crime.

Cook was a National Honors Student who graduated from Imagine College Prep with a scholarship to Missouri State University.

She was active in her church, Greater Paradise Missionary Baptist Church.

She was also dating a guy, Anthony Bobo, whom her parents found unsavory. In the wee hours of July 31, the couple was having a conversation in a parked car on the 5200 block of Highland Avenue. Apparently, Bobo was distraught about a fatal shooting that had taken place earlier that night on the same block.

At about 1 am, according to the probable cause statement, several individuals walked up and fired multiple shots into the car.

Cook was hit in the face and died from her injuries a few days later.

Bobo wasn't injured. He fled town.

Yesterday, the circuit attorney was finally able to charge Richard Charles Reynolds with first-degree murder, first-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal actions.

Reynolds is a 25-year-old from the 4400 block of Strodtman Place, according to the probable cause statement.

Back in August, McClellan wrote:

Aniya's parents organized a candlelight vigil in her honor at a park near their apartment. More than 200 people attended. Many of her former teachers were there.... [Her mother] Rochelle called the local television stations, but none covered the vigil. Neither did this newspaper. The church was packed for her funeral.
All Daily RFT wrote about the murder was just a little blurb based on a police incident summary.

Hopefully, some justice will now be done for Aniya Cook.