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Musician, photographer Bob Reuter killed in freak accident

Bob Reuter with members of his band. Bob Reuter with members of his band. Image source: Fox 2 KTVI

   The St. Louis Fire Marshal and a city building inspector are trying to determine just how a local musician fell to his death in a downtown loft building Saturday afternoon.  

   Fire Captain David Neighbors says 61 year old Bob Reuter was killed when he fell down an elevator shaft in the 1100 block of St. Charles Street.  

   Neighbors says there was no safety grill on the freight elevator shaft.  "It's like a swing door," Neighbors said.  "And then there's just a short ledge. And so we can only speculate, but stepped onto that ledge and assumed that the elevator was there."

   Neighbors says Reuter fell 18 feet from the lobby entrance to the bottom of the elevator shaft in the basement.    

   Reuter was known as a musician, photographer and radio personality.  Funeral arrangements and a public memorial are still being finalized.

 

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