Family of St. Louis Man Killed by Off-Duty Officer In July Wants Answers


Marlene Gebhard, grandmother of slain 20-year-old Tyler Gebhard, says the past four months have shaken her beliefs about law enforcement, and her days are divided by what she knows and the mystery surrounding the details of her grandson’s death.

“After Tyler was killed, a part of me still trusted the system,” Gebhard said at a press conference Thursday afternoon. “I wanted to believe that it would happen. That they would do it right. I no longer trust and I no longer believe.”

Tyler Gebhard, a former Southeast Missouri University football player, was fatally shot on July 9 by off-duty St. Louis County Police Officer Joshua Lasley in Affton, Missouri. The shooting occurred inside the home of Lasley’s in-laws, Rich and Julie Boyd, who were also Tyler Gebhard’s friends ― a narrative many news outlets overlooked.

Four months later, the family says, they still haven’t received an autopsy report or investigation report.

Gebhard’s family and the nonprofit law group Arch City Defenders held a press conference Thursday afternoon asking for answers from law enforcement and the St. Louis County medical examiner’s office about what happened to Gebhard the day he died.

At 5:58 p.m. on July 9, Gebhard was pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to an EMS report obtained by Arch City. By 6 p.m., St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar appeared on a local news station to say a shooting had occurred after a suspect broke into a police officer’s home.

“I don’t think the officer had a choice, I honestly don’t,” Belmar said at a press conference.

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Source: Black Voices | Mariah Stewart