Harrison Homes canvassing event searches for answers in homicide investigation

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PEORIA, Ill. — Police are still searching for answers in the shooting of 34-year-old Brownzel Howard. Howard died from multiple gunshot wounds on June 23.

Howard’s death is the twelfth homicide this year in Peoria.

On Monday, a canvassing group went door to door looking for answers for Howard’s family.

“The people in this neighborhood need to know that we are not giving up and that we want answers to these violent crimes,” said Linda Jordan, a volunteer with Peoria Community Against Violence.

The Peoria Police Department, Crimestoppers, and Peoria Community Against Violence hosted the canvassing event with around 30 volunteers and police officers.

“This is a new thing that we’ve adopted, and its been very successful. We’ve been getting a lot more tips, lot more information,” said Officer Sherrell Stinson, the Crimestoppers coordinator.

Canvassers asked if people had seen anything or if they knew anyone who did.

“It’s a very personal thing when someone loses a loved one. You can have all the technology you want, but there’s nothing like getting out there face to face with people and letting them know that we are still here and we’re still investigating,” said Stinson.

They hope that having plain clothes volunteers will create a connection in the area.

“The community can make or break a case, always. It doesn’t matter what type of crime it is,” said Stinson.

If you have any information on the case, you can call the Peoria Police Department. If you’d like to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers at 309-673-9000.

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