Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Robert J. Stanze, II

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Tuesday, August 8, 2000

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Reflections for Police Officer Robert J. Stanze, II

Well bob it’s been 20 years since you was taken from this earth still remember when you would stop off at central patrol may you rest in eternal peace brother !

Former custodian stlpd James Young
Saint Louis metropolitan police department

August 9, 2020

Gob bless you

None Nick Mottola

August 8, 2020

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 8, 2020

Still remember hearing that on the news. Never knew you but you would have not hesitate to come to assist me if I needed you. I heard about it the first days in my last year of law school. It was your final day on this planet .
It seems so injustice that I was given so many more chances on life than you. I just can only hope to meet you one day up there and let you know that your life might had been short but you will be remembered for much longer
Twenty years later you are still alive in my memory and in the memory of thousands of others who never knew you.

George D

August 2, 2020

Missing you


May 13, 2020

The holidays are approaching and I miss you today as much as I did 19 years ago. You should be here!
“It's perfect outside
It's like God let me dial up the weather
Got the whole crew here
I ain't seen some of them in forever
It's one of those never forget it,
better stop and take it in kinda scenes.
Everything's just right yeah except for one thing

You should be here,
standing with your arm around me here
Cutting up, cracking a cold beer, saying cheers
hey y'all it's sure been a good year
It's one of those moments,
that's got your name written all over it
And you know that if I had just one wish
it'd be that you didn't have to miss this
You should be here

You'd be taking way too many pictures on your phone
Showing them off to everybody that you know back home
And even some you don't yeah
They say now you're in a better place
And I would be too if I could see your face

You should be here,
standing with your arm around me here
Cutting up, cracking a cold beer, saying cheers,
hey y'all it's sure been a good year
It's one of those moments,
that's got your name written all over it
And you know that if I had just one wish it'd be that you didn't have to miss this.
Aw you should be here

You'd be loving this, you'd be freaking out, you'd be smiling, yeah
I know you'd be all about what's going on right here right now.
God I wish somehow you could be here
Oh you should be here

Yeah this is one of those moments that's got your name written all over it
And you know that if I have just one wish it'd be that you didn't have to miss this
Aw you should be here
You should be here


December 7, 2019

Always in our thoughts and prayers. Miss you every day!


August 24, 2019

Never forgotten my friend......

Sgt EJ

August 8, 2019

Had a police fatality in my community last night, and it brought back the sad memory of Bob losing his life the same way, by protecting and serving the community. I knew Bob in college, and he was such a great kid, and friend to all that met him. My heart goes out to every officer who puts their life on the line everyday. Prayers to all of the fallen officer’s families


May 5, 2019

Well bob was at resurrection today to see my grandson Luke and then I stop by to see you glad Luke has so many great officers to watch over him thank you for your service you may be gone but never forgotten

Former custodian stlpd James Young
Saint Louis metropolitan police department

October 27, 2018

Well bob it’s been 18 years tomorrow since you past still remember sgt Dennis Crowe calling me to hang the black bunting at central patrol hearing it was you was at a loss for words. Well me and my grand daughter was over at resurrection my grandson is buried there well we went by your headstone and Elena was cleaning the leafs away from your headstone. Always remember box you maybe gone but never forgotten.

Former custodian stlpd James Young
Saint Louis metropolitan police department

August 7, 2018

I was working out and thought of Officer Stanze today


May 2, 2018

Bob it's. Even 17 years today since you been gone you may be gone but never will be forgotten.

Former custodian stlpd James Young
Saint Louis metropolitan police department

August 8, 2017

When will I stop counting the minutes...when will this get easier....when will it stop hurting.


August 7, 2017

To the Family and friends of Officer Stanze,

I am not sure what the total cirmcumstances surrounding this unfortunate incident, but in any event I believe a strong apology is much needed , not only from Richardson but from his family. I am evoking such a an apology.
This violence that exist in our culture needs to be addressed with much more energy , attacking the root of the problem so we can eliminate this violence, especially Officers and African American males, it is stupid!
I know what it si like to grew up in the street life, I know what it is like to grew up without parents, my mon died when I was 3 and my dad left at he same time. I do not wish the death of a person on anyone especially unjustly.
I truly believe that there is much more that can be done by the African Amercian community to address thier own community needs to get these people out the streets and to shape thier thinking into positive thinking.
I am do not condone violence(unless self self defense) but he root is in the rearing of a child, the family unit and community collectiveness.
What is going on in the African American culture especially with the males is saddening, and I am sorry that the performance level an d attitude torwards life is not changing. I will continue to seek solutions to try and solve these dynamics.
I pray for the families and friends Of Officer Stanze and offer my sincerest of for what happen, may you all have a blessed Holiday and Happy New Year.

Scholars group stresses brotherhood, education - Daily Republic
Oct 30, 2012 - Troy Finley, right, and Rahim Muhammad, left, of the African American Male Scholars, walk around the area of East Travis Boulevard and .

Rahim Muhammad

December 26, 2016

Bob it's been 16 years you maybe gone but will never be forgotten

Civilian coworker James Young
Saint Louis metropolitan police department

August 8, 2016

Just wanted to say to you and all of you who Bob, that I haven't forgotten and never will. Today and so many others I drink a beer in your honor. Here's to you and to all who loved you!


August 8, 2016

It's very heartwarming to read all the past reflections and then see new ones still being posted by people remembering you Bob. Love you and Miss you.

Deb Stanze House

May 13, 2016

In memory of Robert Stanze. I too was a police officer at the time Officer Stanze was killed. I had me him in passing but never really had the opportunity to get to know him.

I did know, however, that he was a dedicated and capable police officer and represented the best in our occupation.

In is now March 4th of 2016. After more than decade I decided to get my basement office space organized and came across a letter to the Post=Dispatch from Michelle Stanze after her husbands murder. It was well written and not hateful but to the point about what is sometimes a thankless job.

At this late date I want to tell her and all thatmany of us remember Bob Stanze thank him for doing his job and doing it well and representing the backbone of the police department, the uniformed patrol officer, better than some officers. He is a hero and a role model to those who still hold the distinction of being a Police Officer.

Thank you too Michelle for all for your part in being there and a heroine as a wife to Bob. You are not forgotten and will be in my prayers again as your letter brought the sad reality of being a hero's loving wife back to me.

Nick Frederiksen

Retired Detective Sgt. Nick Frederiksen
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department

March 4, 2016

Never met Robert J Stanze but remembered the case well. Picked up my daughter from DuBourg High School one evening, she asked if I would give her friend a ride home. After we dropped him off at his house I asked his last name. It was Stanze. I asked if his father was a police officer killed in the line of duty. It was Robert J Stanze's son who never got to meet his dad. It was honor to give his son a ride home.

Ron R

January 22, 2016

Hey Bob! Just about to go out deer hunting again with Sean and been thinking about you a lot lately. Remembering the time you and I went hunting after my dad and your grandpa died. Drank Natural Light,smoked cigars and ate sardines and Doritos all night. You were so proud of your grandpa and loved wearing his old boots. I remember 'coming to' the next morning and puking my guts out (ha)'s weird what you remember, ain't it?

Had a lot of thoughts about the job and questioning if it's worth it. Whenever I think I about had enough, I am reminded of how you would be dealing with all the crap being thrown at us. You would shrug it off with a laugh and remind us what we are here for. If we don't do something, everyday, to make someone else's life better, we're just wasting our time. I know you would remind me of the absence of one more 'sheepdog' just allows the wolves to run wild. You were the honorable cop and friend when it wasn't even demanded by a sometimes ungrateful and disillusioned minority.

Still miss you, buddy.


PO Gordo

November 20, 2015

It's your birthday. Lot of people think of you today. And wish you were here to talk to. Miss you


October 28, 2015

Thank you Bob for looking out for my Robert John, he is the happiest he's ever been. Please continue to watch out for your family, and mine, and especially your Dad. Much love.


August 8, 2015

Been thinking of you tonight and decided to go back to the begining and read what some people had to say. I really miss you and always wish I got to know you better. I can't wait until one day we get to be together but I hope that still won't be for awhile. I reall miss you.


March 2, 2015

Was think of you tonight and decoided to get on here and read a lot of these and started on the last page here's a lot of people who are still thinking of you. I wish I could have known you a little better but will also be thinking of you. I can't wait to eventually see you again but I really hope it's still gonna be awhile. Really miss you.


March 2, 2015

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