Antonio Valentine was killed after a head-on crash with a stolen car in December.
CLAYTON, Mo. — The sight of his nephew’s service weapon brought the St. Louis police sergeant to tears instantly. Scott Valentine’s eyes on Monday.
Valentine’s nephew, St. Louis County Police Detective Antonio Valentine, was killed following a head-on collision with a stolen car in December. He was 42 years old and was the father of four children aged 10 to 22.
St. Louis County Police Chief Kenneth Gregory presented Antonio Valentine’s .40 caliber police handgun to his uncle, Scott Valentine, mounted inside a ghost box on Monday at the monthly meeting of the St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners.
“To this day, we mourn his loss,” Gregory told her.
The crowd of about 50 people inside the St. Louis County Council chambers in Clayton stood when Valentine accepted the ghost box and stood as Valentine made his remarks.
“Just when you think there’s no more water,” Valentin said as the crowd stopped cheering and he wiped his eyes.
He accepted the gift on behalf of his nephew’s family.
“For seven years I served as an armorer for the city of St. Louis,” Valentine said. “It’s just another one of the things that unites me and my nephew.
“We’re not a big gun family, but I liked it, so he liked it. None of us had ever touched guns until, for me, I joined the police and, for him, the army. This is just another of the ties that unite us.
Antonio Valentine was an Army veteran who served in Iraq and recently retired from the Air Force Reserve
The BackStoppers gave Valentine’s family $10,000 to use for anything they might need, and the organization will continue to support them. If you would like to donate to The BackStoppers to help his family, Click here.