PEORIA, Ill. — The Peoria County Coroner confirms the victim in Wednesday’s murder investigation was 16-year-old Zarious Fair.
Fair was shot three times in the 700 block of East Frye Ave.
Coroner Jamie Harwood says Fair was shot in the chest, abdomen and pelvis; Fair died of traumatic blood loss.
An 18-year-old and 14-year-old face charges in connection to the shooting death of Fair.
Police Chief of the Peoria Police Department, Loren Marion, on Thursday said 18-year-old Doyle E. Nelson, Jr. was arrested late Wednesday night. He said officers believe it was an armed robbery incident; Neslon Jr. was arrested on charges of resisting a police officer.
“We believe that Nelson was involved in the incident but was not the shooter,” said Chief Loren Marion III.
Another suspect, a 14-year-old male, was taken into custody without incident at approximately 5:50 p.m. Wednesday. He was arrested for first degree murder.
Marion said there was “great community involvement” in identifying the suspects.
“We were able to make an arrest within two hours of the incident,” he said. “[…] It shows that when the community does get involved, we’re able to solve the case.
The City of Peoria has implemented different programs to help troubled youth going through various challenges, the police chief said.
Theresa Trapp lives in the East Bluff neighborhood. Thursday she spoke out about the recent violence.
“It’s a 16-year-old killed by a 14-year-old. Come on…these are babies killing babies and it’s sad. Like, something has to be done about it. Somebody is going in the grave and the other is going to be locked up, so nobody actually wins and it’s sad that our youth right now has really no direction.”
This was the eleventh Peoria homicide of the year. Marion said he believes this incident was isolated, and he does not expect to see any retaliation.
The 14 year-old suspect will be in juvenile court at 9 a.m. Friday. Nelson Jr. will appear in bonding court at 2 p.m. that day as well.
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