(Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)


The St. Louis Dispatch won a Pulitzer Prize for the above photo that showed Edward Crawford throwing a tear gas canister back at police, to protect children behind him.

On Thursday, Crawford was found dead from an alleged self-inflicted gunshot wound. But his father doesn’t think his son committed suicide. Edward Sr. said his son was in good spirits throughout the week, and just started a new job.

“He was wonderful, great, always in a good mood,” the father said. “He just got a new apartment and was training for a new job.”

According to a police summary, Crawford was in the back seat of a car. Two women were in the car with him. The car was heading east on Salisbury, approaching Blair Avenue near Hyde Park, when the gun went off.

The women told police that Crawford had started talking about how distraught he was over “personal matters.” They heard him rummaging for something in the backseat, and the next thing they knew he shot himself in the head.

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