wrongful deathThe loss of a loved one is the ultimate tragedy for families and friends left behind when someone is needlessly taken from them. Such is the burden of the family and fiancé of William Dupree, who was killed Sunday evening, May 26th, 2013, in front of his own home on Farrar Avenue in the Hyde Park neighborhood of St. Louis.

William Dupree leaves behind the love of his family, fiancé and her child. It was because of this love that William Dupree would surrender his life, standing firm for the ones he was about to join as family. His wrongful death was caused by John Little, 34, the fiancé’s ex, and biological father of her child. The altercation in front of Dupree’s home escalated into a physical fight, but ended with Little, a former St. Louis police officer who now serves as a reserve officer in Pagedale, reportedly shooting Dupree multiple times in the head. Dupree was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wrongful Death Changes The Lives of Everyone Involved

The shooter, John Little, served as a St. Louis police officer for more than four years, from 2002 through 2007, before leaving the department for personal reasons. Some of his former associates were quoted as saying, “He’s real quiet. A good officer.” Yet, a young woman and her child are now without the love and protection of the man they would soon hope to call husband and father. Dupree’s family will never again have his smile brighten their homes during holidays and special events. He has been removed from their lives, forever.

A criminal case has already been filed against Little. However, a civil trial could also develop should Dupree’s family choose to file a lawsuit for wrongful death against the accused.

Holding Those Responsible For Wrongful Death Accountable

Wrongful death is an unbearable injustice and the Lieser Law Firm is committed to holding responsible parties accountable. If you have been a victim of wrongful death for the loss of a family member, please contact the Lieser Law Firm, LLC at 314-862-7805 to discuss your claim.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Former St. Louis police officer faces murder charges in domestic slaying“, Tim Logan, May 28, 2013