A spike in homicides in Peoria has leaders and law enforcement upping the reward for people who come forward with information.
“We decide we need to offer a little bit more to get people to speak a little bit more because that’s what at the end of the day is important to us is to bring justice to the victims and their family.” said Sherrell Stinson of Crime Stoppers.
Criminal homicides killed 22 people in Peoria in 2018. That’s more than the previous two years combined. Now, the city is teaming up with greater Peoria area crime stoppers to find new ways to bring justice for victims, and they say it’s our own community that’s going to help.
“The community is vital to helping us solve crime, prevent crime and making Peoria a better place. It’s all about the quality of life and making things better for everyone else.” said Stinson.
Police believe fear of retaliation keeps most witnesses from speaking out.
“I don’t think that people understand that, it could still happen to you because those people are still out there.” said Stinson.
In last week’s shooting death near the intersection of Spring and Monroe, Police Chief Loren Marion hopes that someone will come forward.
“When officers arrived on scene there were fifty plus people that were on the scene so we know that there’s someone out there that witnessed this crime.” said Marion.
Crime Stoppers is now offering $6,000 for answers in Jerrimic Booker’s homicide.
“The dollar amount is a reflection of the necessity and the passion we have in solving these crimes and these incidents.” said Stinson.
All are hopeful that 2019 will bring a less violent year to the river city.