Young mother murdered in front of children after suspect kicks in door

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KTVI) – Authorities in Missouri say they are looking for a “monster” who allegedly killed a 25-year-old mother in front of her four young children.

Officers were called to the Oak Park Apartments after a man broke down the door to a woman’s home.

Neighbors say that’s when the alleged suspect opened fire and shot 25-year-old Brittany Jefferson to death.

Authorities say the murder happened in front of the woman’s four children, who range in age from 3-months-old to 11-years-old.

Residents say one child attempted to comfort his mother’s lifeless body.

“The 6-year-old was over the mom’s body, trying to hug her and pull her up,” said Tori Adams.

Neighbors reported hearing five or six gunshots.

At that point, Jefferson’s 11-year-old son ran from the apartment with the gunman in pursuit.

“We seen the little boy running and we saw some shots fired at the little boy,” said Joshua Joyner.

Fortunately, none of the children were injured.

Police say they do not know if there is a connection between Jefferson and her killer.

So far, no arrests have been made.

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