Hershel Perkins

St. Louis County prosecutors charged a man Thursday with murder in the shooting death of a pizza delivery driver in Black Jack. Wayea Hallowanger, 20, was held without bail on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action. Hallowanger lives in the 1800 block of Charleston Estates Drive in unincorporated north St. Louis County. Police identified the victim as Hershel Perkins. Perkins, 60, died Monday night as he delivered a pizza in the 4600 block of Whisper Lake Drive. Perkins was found dead on a parking lot about 9:30 p.m. Monday. In February 2023, Marcus Thomas, 23, of Florissant, was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death. Charging documents allege Thomas shot Perkins multiple times while Perkins was delivering a pizza in the 4600 block of Whisper Lake Drive. Perkins lived in the 1200 block of Scott Avenue in the Spanish Lake area of North County. In a probable cause statement, police said Perkins called 911 to say he had been shot and would not survive. Investigators determined that Hallowanger had ordered the pizza to be delivered to a vacant apartment. After police arrested Hallowanger, he admitted ordering the pizza and being there when it was delivered, court records allege. He later changed the number on the cellphone that was used, police said. St. Louis County police Sgt. Tracy Panus did not release which local chain pizza shop employed Perkins.

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Dec. 12, 2022




60 years old




4600 block of Whisper Lake Drive,
Black Jack,
St. Louis County