The uncle of Peoria’s latest victim to gun violence is standing firm, he knows who killed his nephew, but he won’t tell police.
Charles Wilson says he knows who pulled the trigger leaving his nephew, Raheem Wilson, to die on the steps outside a home. But, as funeral plans are being made, Wilson says he won’t talk to police.
“He was a good kid, he was a straight A student, he played football…” Charles Wilson said of his nephew.
Wilson considered his nephew, a son.
“He wasn’t a perfect child, but he was a good kid.” Wilson explained.
Raheem Wilson was shot and killed Thursday night at Thrush and Broadway in Peoria,
“I know who did it and basically I don’t want anything to happen to them, you know, they need to be taught that there’s a different way to go about doing things.” Wilson said.
Wilson isn’t taking that information to police.
“They didn’t do anything to assist him and that’s what I’m mad about. They kept asking him who did it instead of getting him to the hospital. From what the witnesses told me, when they were on the ground they didn’t help him they just let him die, so right now I don’t want to speak to any police officers.” Wilson said.
Instead, Wilson will continue his own investigation.
“I want to speak to them directly and ask them why they want to do this senseless act. It’s up to them if they want to turn them self in.” Wilson said.
“In order to get information out on a suspect as soon as possible, life- saving actions and asking for information are normally done simultaneously. Furthermore, medics determine when it is time to transport the victim, not the police.” Peoria Police said, in a statement Tuesday.
Anyone with information about the shooting is still being asked to come forward.
“Regardless how small or little the information is or what they may think, you get that piece of information and now all of a sudden you make three arrests within a few hour period.” Captain Loren Marion, of the Peoria Police Department, said.
If you know anything about what happened you can call the Peoria Police Department at 673-4521 or Crimestoppers anonymously at 673-9000.