Ferguson riots claim first casualty, 20-year-old man found shot dead

A man has died during the Ferguson riots just yards from where Michael Brown was shot dead.

Residents on Canfield Drive said that DeAndre Joshua, 20, was shot whilst in his car though police at the scene refused to confirm any details.

DeAndre’s grandmother Renita Towns said that ‘somebody killed him’ during the carnage.
She said that he graduated Beaumont High School and that he was working in Wal-Mart.

Family member Brian Joshua, 45, added: ‘He was a good kid, he’s gone to high school, he’s got a job, he’s not into drugs or any of that stuff.

‘I only saw him yesterday morning. He was a smart guy, he spoke cleanly, he was positive’.

Police took away DeAndre’s white Pontiac Grand Prix and interviewed witnesses around 11am.

A woman in her 20s broke down in tears and said: ‘I knew him, he was my twin.’

St Louis’ police chief, Jon Belmar, was asked if the killing was linked to the unrest.

‘I imagine there is a nexus,’ he responded, the Guardian reported.

Relatives at the family home a short distance away were too upset to comment.

One woman said: ‘All we know is that he was going back to his car when he was robbed.

‘They only just buried another one of their relatives and that’s why they’re so upset, to lose two so soon’.

St Louis police reported that rioters fired 150 live gunshots and more than a dozen local businesses were razed to the ground by arsonists.

Some reports say that fire fighters have been tackling up to 25 structural fires caused by rioters.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said that the disturbances this time were ‘much worse’ than those that erupted in the immediate aftermath of the shooting.

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