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The morning after a gunman killed five people in a Kirkwood City Council meeting, a group of more than 100 assembled in the predominantly black neighborhood of Meacham Park to make sense of the tragedy. Inside a packed classroom in the old Turner Elementary School, the crowd recalled the events leading up to Charles “Cookie” Thornton’s murderous rampage.
In recent years the 52-year-old Thornton had alleged that Kirkwood officials violated his civil rights and levied illegal fines against the asphalt company he operated out of his Meacham Park home. And while few in attendance Friday morning would condone Thornton’s actions, many residents said they sympathized with him.
Charles “Cookie” Thornton just “lost it.” SMH