Black history is deeply rooted in formation of Meacham Park in Kirkwood
Meacham Park is a historically black community, but most of the current residents don't know much about the area's past, according to Darren K. Smotherson.
‘Life moves forward’ for family of officer slain in Kirkwood shooting
Kirkwood police officer Tom Ballman made the ultimate sacrifice for his community on Feb. 7, 2008.
Kirkwood and Meacham Park residents still feel separate 10 years after shooting
Meacham Park residents remember Kirkwood shooter as a friendly neighbor. They are also aware of some of the social issues that may have led to his actions.
Former mayor of Kirkwood Arthur McDonnell recalls victims, community adversity in the wake of...
Art McDonnell continues his life despite the tragedy he lived through. Even so, he remembers the victims he knew personally.
Kirkwood city leaders believe racial divide did not play part in shooting
On the ten-year anniversary of the Kirkwood City Council shooting, two groups held separate memorials. The reasons for the memorials, and the causes leading up to the shooting, differed completely from each group.
Reporter Todd Smith’s scars will never heal after Kirkwood shooting
Todd Smith survived being shot during the Kirkwood City Council shooting in 2008. It was not the first shooting he survived.
Growing up in Kirkwood after a mass shooting
In middle school circa 2008, tragedy struck. And things were never the same in my hometown.
We cannot be desensitized to gun violence
When mass shootings happen in the dozens, it is easy to dismiss their depth. But we cannot let that happen.
Former Meacham Park resident dedicates herself to helping her community
Patricia Clark never allowed her busy schedule to stop her from being involved. She plans to work in her community and her church for many years to come.
Department of Justice investigates Kirkwood relations, leaves residents dissatisfied
The aftermath of the Kirkwood shooting prompted an investigation by the Department of Justice. At the end of six months, nothing was accomplished, according to residents.
Kirkwood pastor works to mend community relationship after City Hall shooting
Pastor David Bennett’s church has a slogan -- ‘The church has left the building.’ Bennett’s church opened its doors to the community 24 hours...
Editorial: A mass shooting 4.6 miles away impacts us all
No matter how far away, a mass shooting can impact everyone. And, as reporters, it is our job to share the truth from all sides of the story, no matter how painful or difficult.
Yes, race does matter – and it played into the Kirkwood shooting
Race matters in everything, even mass shootings. Especially in Kirkwood.
Hayley’s House: Mental health and gun control go hand in hand
Mental health is obvious - gun control should be too.