November 3, 2018
Julian Mathews, left, and Justin Mathews.
You have to feel for this guy.
He worked as a police sergeant in 50% black St. Louis for over three decades, presumably surviving countless coontacts.
Then he finally got to retire and… well…
Marissa Woods said Tuesday that she has always thought to herself, “What about their parents?” whenever she heard that a child was involved in the city’s most heinous crimes.
Now, she knows she’s the parent people are wondering about.
Her sons, Julian Mathews, 17, and Justin Mathews, 15, have been charged in connection to the murder of retired St. Louis police Sgt. Ralph Harper. The 67-year-old was gunned down during a robbery attempt in the Tower Grove neighborhood early Monday.
St. Louis Police Sgt. Ralph E. Harper in a photo released by the department. Harper, who was retired from the department, was shot and killed during a robbery attempt in St. Louis on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.
The 33-year veteran of the police force was able to fire at his attacker and struck him in the wrist. Woods said her son Justin stands accused of driving the stolen SUV that dropped off the 16-year-old suspected shooter at the hospital following the shooting.