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Raquita M. Davis

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Greater St. Louis Area Major Case Squad members on Thursday made an arrest in the murder of 30-year-old Raquita M. Davis.

The suspect had yet to be charged or identified Thursday afternoon.

"We believe he acted alone," Major Case Squad Commander Bradley Wells said.

Davis's body was found partially clothed and shot multiple times at 6 a.m. Wednesday next to Clark's Trucking Co., 912 Market St., by an employee. Her death was the city's 19th homicide this year.

Wells said Thursday that he could not identify the suspect nor discuss details about the arrest because the suspect had not been charged.

The victim's last known address was an apartment at 652 N. 10th St. in East St. Louis. She and nine other families were forced out of the building by a fire a week ago.

Asked whether Davis' murder had anything to do with the fire at the building where she lived, Wells said, "We don't believe there was any connection."

Published in Belleville News-Democrat on July 26, 2007
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