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Police departments, coroner hold briefing on deadly weekend in Peoria

PEORIA, Ill. - Peoria Police, Bradley University Police, and the Peoria County Coroner teamed up to brief the public on what they know after a deadly weekend in Peoria.

Police arrived early Sunday to find people running from the house part on the 1800 block of West Bradley. It wasn't long before they found 18-year-old Bradley student Nasjay Murry and 22-year-old Peoria resident Anthony Polnitz lying on the floor, where they were later pronounced dead.

"What we found out so far is that the house on 1821 Bradley is not on the Bradley Campus and it was a social media advertised party," says Peoria Police Captain Mike Scally. "People from the Peoria area, as well as the Bradley University students, went to attend."

Police say more than 100 people were at the party. It was a mix of Bradley students and Peoria residents. Scally says the department isn't concerned with a motive at this time; they just want to find out who's responsible.

"We're talking about a murder investigation, we're talking about people who are dead. Whether they had a gang affiliation or not, we need to find the people who did this." 

Despite the deadly weekend, Scally is optimistic. According to the Department's records, Peoria's homicide rate is down from this time last year. 

"I don't believe at this time there's a reason to be on edge. I don't believe that Bradley University has been targeted. I don't believe there are any other individuals that I know of are being targeted at this time. For someone to go out and do whatever they want to do, I would feel comfortable. I would allow my family to do it. My granddaughter recently toured Bradley University and I would have no problem with her going up there and walking around the campus at this time." 

Captain Scally says violence is a community problem, and it takes community involvement to help put a stop to the crimes.

The Peoria Police Department wants anyone with information to contact them. Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case. If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at (309) 673-9000.

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