Homicide Leaves Three Children without a Father

Homicide Leaves Three Children without a Father
By: CJ Cassidy

Poplar Bluff, MO -A

homicide investigation the day after
C
hristmas keep police busy in
P
oplar
B
luff.

T
he shooting happened outside a house on
B
enton
S
treet
, shortly after 11 PM.

P
olice say they found the body of 17
-
year
-
old
L
awrence
J
ames
W
arren
J
unior inside his pickup truck.

T
hat activated the
B
utler
C
ounty
M
ajor
C
ase
S
quad.

I

nvestigators do not have a motive
,
but say the deadly shooting was certainly not random.

P
olice say they do have a few persons of interest
,
but so far haven't released information on any suspects.

T
he victim's friends and family say they too are anxious to find out
who killed their loved one.

"H

e was nice he lived playing football and going and enjoying himself with people very friendly
," M
arsha
G
ladney says even though her son had three children he was mostly a big kid at heart.

L
awrence
W
arren
J
unior's life was tragically cut short
,
when someone gunned him down late
M
onday night.

"I
wanna ask them why did they have to do this just why he didn't have to like that he's too young
. He
had three kids that won't see daddy no more
," Gladney says.

C
harlene
J
ohns,
W
arren's girlfriend and mother of one of his children, came home from work to find her front yard a crime scene
,
and the love of her life, dead.

"It's senseless," Assistant Police Chief Gary Pride says.

As
investigators continued their search for answers they assured
J
ohns they wouldn't stop until they tracked down
W
arren's killer or killers.

"W
e have a lot of highly trained investigators who are concentrating their efforts on this case
, and
we feel like we're gonna see some positive results
," Pride points out.

U
ntil that happens
, M
arsha
G
ladney says she
, like Charlene J
ohns will hold on tight to fond memories of
their loved one.

P
olice ask anyone with information, to call
P
oplar
B
luff
P
olice at
(
573
)
785-5776.

I
nvestigators say callers can remain anonymous
,
but they would appreciate any new information.