UPDATE (10:27 p.m.) — A mentor to Daniya Washington, who was found dead in a Peoria basement Thursday, spoke out on Facebook.

SuAnne Krick is the coordinator of YoungLives Peoria, an organization for teen moms. Krick said Washington was a part of the group.

“She has been an integral part of our program for several years,” said Krick.

Krick posted this to the YoungLives Peoria Facebook group Friday.

A GoFundMe page was also posted in the group. The page said it was created by her family and the goal is to raise $15,000 for Washington’s funeral costs.


PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood released the identities of the man and woman who were found dead in a basement on W. Lawndale Avenue Thursday.

Harwood said an initial assessment showed both the woman, 23-year-old Daniya Washington, and the man, 20-year-old Damarious Jacolby Matthews, had been shot dead. Both were pronounced dead just before 1 p.m. Thursday.

While Washington’s cause of death is being investigated as a homicide, Matthews’ death is being investigated as a suicide.

Peoria police are still investigating the incident.

As previously reported, Peoria Police responded to a crime scene Thursday afternoon regarding a man and a woman who were found dead in the basement of a home on W. Lawndale Avenue and N. Sheridan Road, Chief Eric Echevarria confirmed.

Harwood said the man and the woman were presumably in their 20s. Both were found with gunshot wounds.

“It’s yet another incident that we’ve had here in the city that people are going to suffer through now and the trauma, the trauma that continues to happen in our city, to the decedents who unfortunately lost their life, now to the people who are involved. So it’s tragic,” Harwood said.