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Former St. Francis athlete Boken killed

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom on Monday said that police have "no concrete leads" following the Saturday shooting death of St. Francis graduate Megan Boken, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Police detectives are reported to be investigating the shooting of the 23-year-old Boken, a former St. Francis and Saint Louis University volleyball player, as a likely attempted robbery.  

Boken, a Wheaton resident, was in St. Louis over the weekend to play in an annual alumni game at SLU. Billikens coach Anne Kordes told the Chicago Tribune that Boken had been talking to her mother via cell phone from her car about two miles from the site of the 4 p.m. game.

Kordes told the Tribune "the phone went static" around the time of the mid-afternoon shooting.

Boken's aunt, Mary Pataki, released a statement on behalf of the family: "Megan was a wonderful and beautiful human being loved by everyone she met. The family and the community are devastated by this senseless tragedy. And the family would like to thank everyone for their outpouring of support."

Sarah Entzeroth, Boken's friend and a former SLU teammate, told the Post-Dispatch that she and Boken had been walking Entzeroth's dog earlier in the day. Entzeroth said Boken's car had been parked near her apartment, and that she believes Boken did not know her assailant.

"I hate that there's even still a suggestion that she might have known this person because she didn't," Entzeroth told the Post-Dispatch. "We don't hang out with anyone that does drugs or has guns or that kills people. It was a random attack by a bad person who didn't know Megan. It's madness."

Boken's survivors include her parents, an older brother, an older sister and a younger sister, Mary, 15, a sophomore on St. Francis' volleyball team.  

A National Honor Society member at St. Francis, Megan Boken helped the Spartans to state titles as a senior (2006, Class AA) and sophomore (2004, Class A).

Police are asking those with any information to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.


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