Murder downtown: Former state football champion ID victim

ST. LOUIS-A CBC High School graduate and member of the school’s state championship-winning football team was killed overnight in Downtown St. Louis.

Damion Baker was one of two people shot in the 800 block of Cerre Street, south of Busch Stadium and Interstate 64. The shooting happened around 3:20 p.m.

A spokesman for St. The Louis Metropolitan Police Department said Baker was shot multiple times and declared dead at the scene.

The second victim, an unidentified woman, sustained gunshot wounds to the lower body. He was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive.

Baker was a member of the 2014-15 undefeated CBC team that won a state championship. He went on to play college football at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

CBC football coach Scott Pingel, who led the 2014-15 team, said the team and the school community were devastated.

“Our hearts are broken by the news of Damion’s tragic death. He means so much to the entire St. Louis community and we pray for his family and friends,” Pingel said.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact homicide detectives at 314-444-5371 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.

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