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After 2 years, Peoria Police still search for answers, witnesses in murder of four-year-old

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PEORIA (WEEK) - An unsolved murder in Peoria still weighs heavily on the the County's foremost law enforcement officials.

"This is going to sound surprising I think about this case, sometimes daily in my week of work," said Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood.

Jeremiah Ward was 4-years-old. He was shot twice in the back and once in the arm on the afternoon of May 13, 2019. Police believe he was caught in what was an attempt to shoot the boyfriend of the boy's mother.

Police believe there were multiple eye witnesses to the murder.

"It's a four-year old child was murdered, so that's what driving and motivating to work on this case," Peoria Police Captain Brad Dixon.

After two years, Police are still searching for leads. While Captain Brad Dixon said they have made progress, they still don't have a case.

"We believe people have information related to the murder of this child and would strongly encourage them to come forward with it, its been two years and we would love to speak to anyone who has any information on the case," added Dixon Thursday.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Peoria Police via Crime Stoppers, completely anonymously at (309) 673-9000.

Kyle Beachy

Kyle Beachy is a Multimedia Journalist for 25 News and Heart of Illinois. Born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, he attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he studied Education and played baseball. He comes to us from Columbus, Ohio where he received a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University.

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