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2 Teens Charged In Wheaton Athlete’s Shooting Death In St. Louis

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Keith Estes, left, and Johnathan Perkins, both 18, are charged in the shooting death of Wheaton athlete Megan Boken in St. Louis. (St. Louis Police Dept.)

Keith Estes, left, and Johnathan Perkins, both 18, are charged in the shooting death of Wheaton athlete Megan Boken in St. Louis. (St. Louis Police Dept.)

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UPDATED 08/25/12 10:57 a.m.

ST. LOUIS (CBS) — Police in St. Louis have named two suspects in the shooting death of a 23-year-old volleyball star from Wheaton last weekend.

As WBBM Newsradio’s John Waelti reports, Megan Boken was well-known at St. Francis High School in Wheaton as a star volleyball player, who went on to play at St. Louis University.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Waelti reports

She was fatally shot in St. Louis in broad daylight on Saturday, Aug. 18, in front of an apartment building where she used to live.

Now, two cousins have been charged in connection with the shooting.

The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office on Friday charged 18-year-old Keith V. Esters of Bel Ridge with first-degree murder, first-degree attempted robbery and armed criminal action.

Johnathan Perkins, also 18, of St. Louis, is charged with second-degree murder, second-degree attempted robbery and armed criminal action.

Police say the two targeted Boken as part of a random robbery.

Boken’s father released a statement expressing his gratitude to St. Louis police for their work on the case.

Police made use of a stolen cell phone to help them track down the two suspects.

Boken was living back in Wheaton, and was in St. Louis for an alumni volleyball game. She graduated from Saint Louis University last year with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

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Megan Boken, 23, of Wheaton was shot and killed in an apparent botched robbery in St. Louis, where she was planning to play in an alumni game for former St. Louis University volleyball players. (Photo courtesy St. Louis University)

Boken’s funeral was Thursday. Authorities concurrently announced they had taken two suspects into custody and expected charges to be filed.

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