ST. LOUIS – The family of Markell Byrd, a 30-year-old bus driver fatally shot in St. Louis, Missouri, on Monday, is mourning the loss of a hard-working family man who leaves behind five children. Byrd’s mother, LaTarsha Tate, expresses disbelief and calls for prayers, support, and answers as the family grapples with the tragic loss.
Byrd, a graduate of Ranken Technical College and a bus operator for Metro Transit, is described by his family as a dedicated and loving father, known for his integrity and commitment to his family. His untimely death has left the community in shock, prompting heartfelt condolences from Charles Stewart, the chief operating officer of Metro Transit.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department responded to the scene at the 3700 block of Kossuth after gunshots were detected by the ShotSpotter system. Byrd, found deceased, has left loved ones seeking justice and closure, while urging anyone with information to come forward to aid the homicide investigation.
Despite the tragic circumstances, Byrd’s family emphasizes the importance of supporting his children and ensuring they feel the love and care that their father provided. Ciara LePool, Byrd’s aunt, echoes the sentiments of the family, emphasizing that he didn’t deserve the violence that took his life.
As the investigation into Byrd’s murder continues, authorities urge anyone with information to contact the Homicide Division directly or CrimeStoppers for those who wish to remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.
In the wake of this devastating loss, the St. Louis community comes together to remember Byrd as an exemplary man who was dedicated to his family and his work. The impact of his loss is felt deeply by those who knew him, and his memory will be honored as the community seeks justice.