Coroner names Manual High School student most recent victim of Peoria gun violence

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UPDATE (6:10 p.m.) — The Peoria County Coroner released the identity of the victim of the deadly Wednesday morning shooting.

According to Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood, 17-year-old Manual High School Senior Jerry L. Snipes Jr was pronounced dead at OSF at 5:16 a.m.

The autopsy showed that Snipes suffered multiple gunshot wounds, and likely died minutes after the incident.

This incident remains under investigation by Peoria Police.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Robert Allen at (309) 494-8367 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (309) 673-9000.

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — One man was killed after a shooting early Wednesday morning.

The shooting occurred near N. Linn Street and W. Corrington Avenue at approximately 4:41 a.m. Before arriving at the scene, Peoria police were informed someone had been shot.

When they arrived at the scene, police found a man with gunshot wounds. Advanced Medical Transport took the man to a local hospital, where he later died.

A neighbor of the area said he heard the moment it unfolded.

“I was in bed, it was very early in the morning and I heard the gunshots and I thought it was down the street and then later I saw the flashing lights—I’ve lived here for over 50 years and we’ve never had anything like that happen before,” said James Close, Peoria resident.

In 2019 there were 25 homicides in Peoria, a number police say hadn’t been seen in decades. Wednesday’s shooting marks the 24th homicide of 2021.

4th District Peoria City Councilman Andre Allen said deadly violence impacts both the victims family and those who committed the crime.

“It’s very unfortunate because it continues this cycle of violence, violence often leads to retaliation,” Allen said.

Allen says he remains optimistic about the city’s ability to help reduce violence.

He says one effort is S-Net, a program allows local organizations and services to work more collaboratively to assist with community needs.

“Maybe my service only addresses food insecurity, but if I’m part of the S-Net and I know maybe they need help with housing, I know who to make the appropriate handoff to,” Allen said.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood is also asking the community to say something, if you see something.

“They have to come forward, otherwise these crimes go unsolved and there’s no justice and no relief for the families as well,” Harwood said.

Allen said some federal COVID-19 relief dollars must go towards anti-violence initiatives. He said S-Net is working on proposals which may be funded through the American Rescue Plan.

Harwood is expected to release the victim’s identity at a later time.

Patrol, Traffic, Detectives, and Crime Scene Unit officers initiated an investigation into the shooting.

At this time, no suspects have been taken into custody. An autopsy will be performed Monday afternoon.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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