June 22, 2018
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Man fatally shoots uncle in spat over pork steaks, police say

By St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Staff

ST. LOUIS — A man used a shotgun to settle a fight with his uncle over what kind of pork they were planning to cook, police said.

John Cunningham, 43, of Jennings, Mo., was charged Monday with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Lessie E. Lowe, 44, at Lowe’s St. Louis home.

Lowe is the maternal uncle of Cunningham, police said.

The men were at Lowe’s home when they argued over whether the cuts of meat they were planning to cook were pork steaks or pork chops, police said.

Cunningham said they were pork steaks, police said. Lowe disagreed.

After the argument became physical about 1 a.m. Monday, the two had to be separated by someone else in the home, police said. Cunningham went to another part of the home, grabbed a shotgun and shot Lowe, police said.

Lowe died later at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Cunningham was taken into custody.

L.C. Lowe of Hazelwood, Mo., who is Lessie Lowe’s oldest brother and one of 17 siblings, described the dead man as smart and said he liked to fix cars and make other repairs.

L.C. Lowe said he wasn’t at the home when his brother was slain, but that he knew Cunningham and his brother were close and liked to hang around together.


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