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Man in custody following St. Louis quadruple shooting; girl making progress

Jerome Leon Buress Jr.
Jerome Leon Buress Jr.

A 28-year-old man turned himself Sunday after St. Louis police declared him a wanted man in the shooting deaths of three adults and the shooting of a 7-year-old girl who is in critical condition.

Jerome Leon Buress Jr., 28, is in custody with no bail in connection to the shooting, which occurred just before 4 p.m. June 1 near Beacon and Lillion avenues in north St. Louis, according to police.

The shooting occurred during a rash of shootings that left 10 people dead and injured several others, including 7-year-old Deniya Irving.

While there were some conflicting reports on whether the girl had died or not earlier this month, KMOV reported Tuesday she was alive and had recently began breathing on her own again.

Another child made headlines when his mom posted a video of the 6-year-old boy pleading for peace in St. Louis to Facebook.

“Me and my mom, we live in St. Louis,” Jeffrey Laney said in the video. “And I’m coming to tell you all why people need to stop killing each other around here, because this is just making me feel bad, because I don’t want nothing to happen. I’m scared to death.”

Rapper Terrence “Pusha T” Thornton started a college fund for Laney shortly after the video went viral.

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