St. Louis man accused of killing a student
According to authorities, a St. Louis man has been charged with murder in the killing of a 19-year-old Illinois college student, who was reported to be missing. According to reports, at that time, the victim was trying to sell his sports car on Craigslist.
According to Capt. Tim Fagan of the Florissant, Missouri, police department, 24-year-old Michael Gordon was arrested on Tuesday and was being held at the St. Louis County jail in lieu of $1 million bond. He has been charged with first-degree murder in addition to armed criminal action in the death of Taylor Clark, who was a sophomore engineering student at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
Fagan is the deputy commander of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis and lead investigator in the case. He said that Gordon was arrested by police after his name was identified in emails Gordon traded with Clark regarding the car, which Clark wanted to sell. According to investigators, both were unknown to each other before they met.
Police reported that Gordon is working in a truck driver training center in the St. Louis suburb of Hazelwood, Missouri. They added that the place is not away from where car and body of the victim have been found.
SIU-E Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe said in a statement issued Wednesday that they are with Taylor Clark’s family and friends as they face such a big tragedy. According to Furst-Bowe, "At a time of the year when the new spring season brings the promise of brighter days ahead, and commencement provides unending potential for so many of our students, it is truly sad that Taylor had his bright future taken away".