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2 teenagers arrested in shooting death of former college volleyball star

  • Megan Boken.jpg

    This photo, obtained by Fox affiliate WFLD, shows 23-year-old Megan Boken.

  • MeganBoken.jpg

    Aug. 18, 2012: Investigators examine the car where Megan Boken was shot to death. (

Police arrested two teenagers in the shooting death of a former college volleyball player in St. Louis in what they suspect was a botched robbery attempt. 

The suspects are described as black males, both 18 years old, from St. Louis, Fox affiliate KTVI reported. Formal charges are expected to be filed later Friday, according to the station.

Megan Boken, 23, a former all-state volleyball player from Illinois, was shot while sitting inside her white Volkswagen outside the apartment complex where she lived last Saturday. Boken was in St. Louis to visit her alma mater, St. Louis University, and play in the annual alumni game.

KTVI reported that investigators, including a SWAT team, swarmed the home belonging to the suspected shooter and removed bags of possible evidence. They also apprehended a second suspect near the home, believed to be the shooter's driver, police said. 

Authorities said a key piece of evidence in the case is an item stolen in another crime, though they did not elaborate, according to the station. Investigators were able to link the item to the possible shooter. 

Funeral services for Boken were held Thursday morning in Wheaton, Ill. 

"She'll be remembered as an unbelievable teammate. She played on championship teams, but she was that teammate that kept everybody together," St. Louis University's athletic director Chris May told

Donations have topped more than $30,000 as a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. It is the largest reward ever offered in the St. Louis area.

"I understand that the St. Louis Police Department apprehended several suspects in this case," Boken's father, Paul Boken, said in a statement released to KTVI. "We are gratified with the progress in this case and with the efforts of the St Louis Police Department."

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