Officials address recent violence in Peoria after latest homicide

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PEORIA, Ill — It’s been a violent summer in Peoria.
Rather than reacting to violence, Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood says the community needs to be proactive.

“We need people on the ground supporting families, supporting kids, supporting teenagers, helping teenagers become men, positive role models, things like that,” said Jamie Harwood, Peoria County coroner.

The latest homicide in the River City happened early Monday morning in the 700 block of East Ravine. Police found 49 year old Sam Causey Junior dead from multiple gunshot wounds. Joe Wright says Causey was a caring neighbor.

“He come by here yesterday and talked to me and gave me something, cause I had a stroke. He came by here and said how you doing Joe, he’s a good guy,” said Wright.

Wright says he’s fed up with the violence and wishes things would change.

“I am concerned about the neighborhood and the area, plus it’s getting worser and worser. It’s not like it used to be,” said Wright.

Harwood says he looks forward to working with newly appointed state’s attorney Jodi Hoos, to make a change.

“I think working with the state’s attorney’s office and the police chief, and even the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office over on that end of Peoria, we have and we can collaboratively work together. I have full confidence in a our new state’s attorney that she is gonna be directed in the reduction of crime, the reduction of violence,” said Harwood.

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