Cash reward tops $82,000; Labor community has donated a combined $11,500
News about the shooting of beloved Maggie O’Brien’s owner Pat McVey hit the St. Louis area hard, and it was a tough blow to the Labor community as well.
In response, family, friends, labor leaders and anonymous members of the community have donated $82,440 toward a reward for information in the homicide case. It’s the largest cash reward ever offered in the history of St. Louis Regional CrimeStoppers.
The St. Louis Labor Council, the Missouri AFL-CIO, the St. Louis Building & Construction Trades Council and the St. Louis Port Council chipped in a combined $11,500 toward the pot.
McVey, a longtime co-owner of downtown’s only St. Louis union bar, was found shot to death in his dark gray Ford Explorer Nov. 9 on southbound Interstate 55 near Loughborough Avenue.
McVey, 57,was found slumped behind the wheel shortly before 6 p.m., but police believe he was killed around 2:30 p.m. when he was struck by a bullet while he was driving.
McVey’s brother, Hugh McVey, is the retired president of the Missouri AFL-CIO. Pat McVey co-owned Maggie O’Brien’s with his brother Eddie. It has long been a favorite caterer of union events both in and away from the restaurant.
Authorities ask anyone with information about McVey’s death to contact CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and still claim the reward.