St. Louis Jewish organizations help fund Goodkin murder investigation


Photos of Tyler Terry (left) and Adrienne Simpson from Chester County, South Carolina, sheriff’s office

ERIC BERGER, Associate Editor

Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum are among the organizations providing funding for a group of St. Louis area investigators to travel to South Carolina and interview a suspect in the recent murder of Barbara Goodkin, a Jewish local woman.

The organizations pledged to donate for seven investigators to fly to South Carolina after police there earlier this week arrested Adrienne Simpson, 34. On Monday night, she and another suspect, Tyler Terry, 26, exchanged gunfire with sheriff’s deputies and tried to flee when law enforcement attempted to stop their vehicle, according to Brentwood Police Chief Joseph L. Spiess Jr.

Law enforcement believes Terry, who remains at large, is responsible for a number of shootings and murders in South Carolina and Missouri.

On May 15 at around 10:51 p.m., Goodkin and her husband, Stanley, were shot while driving eastbound along the 8200 block of Delmar Boulevard, according to the University City Police Department. Stanley Goodkin, 74, was hit in the torso and leg but was able to drive to a hospital, from which he has since been released. Barbara Goodkin, 70, was shot in the head and died the next day.

About an hour after the Goodkins were shot, Dr. Sergei Zacharev was found dead in the parking lot outside Bonefish Grill in Brentwood. Investigators said there was a ballistics match between the two shootings and that they believed they were connected.

Earlier this week, police announced they were searching for a silver SUV that they believed the suspects were driving when they shot the Goodkins. They were in the same vehicle when they attempted to flee in South Carolina.

Goodkin, 70, was a member of Congregation B’nai Amoona and was preparing to begin volunteering as a docent at the Holocaust museum once it reopens next year.

Federation and the museum are two groups among other organizations that agreed to help fund the investigation, according to Don Hannon, Federation chief operating officer, who said he did not yet know how much money the organizations would provide.

Cities across the country sometimes use private donations to fund investigations or provide rewards for information leading to an arrest.

“We felt it was the right thing to do given [the Goodkins’] support of the community, as well as the fact it was a member of the Holocaust museum family,” said Hannon. “We really want to say again how sorry we are for the families of Barbara Goodkin and Dr. Zacharev; we are really sorry for the loss that their families are currently experiencing.”