24 Year Old Michael Gordon Arrested & Charged with 1st Degree Murder in Death of SIU Student Taylor Clark Who was Selling His Car on Craigslist



24 year old Michael Gordon has been arrested and charged with the first degree murder of Southern Illinois University student Taylor Clark. The two came into contact each other after the 19 year old SIU student posted an ad to sell his car on Craiglist. Upon meeting at the MTC truck driver training center in Hazelwood, where Gordon was an employee, Gordon shot Clark on Monday while he was on his lunch hour and tried to hide the body. Gordon is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.


Michael Gordon Arrested for First Degree Murder

A Missouri man has been arrested on suspicion of shooting dead an Illinois college student looking to sell his car to the suspect during a meeting arranged through online classified website Craigslist, police said.

Michael Gordon, a 24-year-old St. Louis resident, was arrested on Tuesday and was being held in a county jail on $1 million bond, Florissant Police Department spokesman Tim Fagen told a news conference late on Wednesday.

The body of Taylor Clark, a civil engineering student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, according to his Twitter page, was found at the truck driver training center where Gordon worked.

“The victim and the suspect did connect through Craigslist after the victim listed a vehicle for sale,” Fagen told reporters. “They were going to meet and the vehicle was going to be looked at and test-driven.”

St. Louis Today – Police charge man in death of SIUE student, said they met through Craigslist ad.

The suspect is Michael Gordon, of the 4500 block of Mardel Avenue. Gordon is an employee of the MTC truck driver training center in Hazelwood, where Clark’s car and body were found Tuesday. He is being held at the St. Louis County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.

He was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Gordon met Clark, 19, through a Craigslist ad that Clark had placed about the sale of his car, Florissant Police Capt. Tim Fagan said at a press conference Wednesday night.

He said Gordon had been in custody since Tuesday, when his name surfaced from emails found between him and Clark about the red 2007 Nissan 350ZX that Clark had listed for sale on the website.

Fagan said police believe Gordon shot Clark on Monday while Gordon was on his lunch hour. The shooting occurred on the parking lot of MTC and Clark’s body was found nearby. Fagan said there had been an attempt to cover it up.

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