PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood released the identity of Saturday’s homicide victim.
An autopsy revealed 25-year-old Jarvis Joiner of Peoria suffered multiple gunshot wounds throughout his body and died instantly.
Just before 1 a.m. Saturday, police were called to a shooting at the intersection of S. Greenlawn Avenue and W. Ann Street, and when they arrived, they found Joiner in an alley behind a home. He was dead when they found him.
Peoria police are still investigating the homicide. No other details have been released at this time.
VIOLENCE PREVENTION EFFORTS IN PEORIA
Joiner is Peoria’s 19th homicide victim of 2022. At this time last year, 23 homicides were recorded in Peoria but as lives continue to be lost, community leaders say there’s more work to be done.
One of the larger violence prevention efforts in Peoria is the Safety Network initiative.
It consists of dozens of community stakeholders that meet to discuss evidence-based violence solutions.
Peoria NAACP president Marvin Hightower said he believes Safety Network is already having some impact but has the potential to do even more.
He said it’s important that organizations and city leaders are coming together to find out who is doing what in terms of violence prevention efforts.
“It’s a marathon, it’s not a sprint,” Hightower said. “We didn’t get here overnight, we won’t get out of it overnight but if we all just stick together and continue to build momentum, continue to address the issue from the community that’s most affected, I think we will reap the benefits of that.”
Safety Network meets on the first Friday of each month at the Peoria Public Schools administration building.