Jefferson City – The Missouri House held a moment of silence April 24 for the two Laclede Gas employees, members of Gas Workers Local 11-6, who were shot to death April 20, while working in a St. Louis neighborhood.
The incident happened in the 5900 block of Minerva Avenue, which is in State Representative Karla May’s (D-St. Louis) district.
“I want to send condolences to the families of those individuals at this time,” May said on the House floor. “And you know we have to be mindful of what goes on in the entire state in reference to our individual districts and the areas.”
State Representative Steven Roberts (D-St. Louis) also addressed the House, choking up as he talked about the victims, Laclede Gas employees Alex Boschert and William Froelich.
“Bill Froelich was one of the Laclede Gas workers, he was part of my family,” Roberts said. “You know, it’s a true tragedy. He’s survived by both his parents, his wife Karen, his daughters Kim and Kristina and his son Will. If the body (House) would please join me in a moment of silence, we’d appreciate it.”
House Speaker Pro Tem Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) responded, asking House members to stand in a moment of silence.
Representative May hugged Representative Roberts after the moment of silence.
St. Louis police said Clinton Willis, 51, of St. Louis, killed Boschert, 27, of O’Fallon, and Froelich, 52, of De Soto, before turning the gun on himself.
A Laclede Gas spokeswoman said the company was providing extra security to some crews in the wake of the shooting.
Laclede Gas has also set up a fund with the United Way of Greater St. Louis to support the Boschert and Froelich families. You can make a donation online or make a check payable to “Laclede Gas Workers Memorial Fund” and send to: United Way of Greater St. Louis, Attn: Laclede Gas Workers Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 954281, St. Louis, MO 63195-4281.