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The nephew of a Missouri man who killed five people at a suburban St. Louis city council meeting is running for a seat on that same governing body. 
   Jayson Thornton tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he doesn't want Kirkwood to be known only for the Feb. 7, 2008, massacre in which his uncle, Charles "Cookie" Thornton stormed into the council chamber and started shooting.
   Five people were killed and one more was seriously wounded before police fatally shot Cookie Thornton, who was mad about race relations in the Meacham Park neighborhood where Jayson Thornton now lives with his wife and children.
   The 30 year old is scheduled to appear at a forum in Kirkwood Monday night alongside candidates Timothy E. Griffin, Bob Sears, Paul Ward and Gary Reim.
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Friday, 08 February 2013 02:16

Kirkwood remembers 2008 mass shootings

The city of Kirkwood continues to remember the lives lost in a mass shooting five years ago, even as officials work to move the city forward.

A quirk of the calendar put Thursday night's City Council meeting on the five year anniversary of the Kirkwood City Hall shootings.

Before the meeting people gathered outside city hall and held hands. Church bells tolled seven times -- once for each of the six victims, and the shooter.

The massacre on February 7th, 2008 had claimed the lives Mayor Mike Swoboda ((swuh-BOH-duh)), council members Connie Karr and Michael Lynch, Public Works Director Ken Yost ((YOHST)), Police Sergeant William Biggs and Officer Tom Ballman. The shooter, Charles "Cookie" Thornton was also killed.

Last night's council meeting began with a simple commemoration. Mayor Arthur McDonnell read the names of the victims, and offered a prayer. A moment of silence followed, then it was business as usual.
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