Police Chief says those withholding information regarding shooting death of 4-year-old need to come forward

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Police canvassed the area near Manual High School in the 2800 block of W. Ann St. Tuesday morning. They were joined by Peoria Community Against Violence (PCAV) for a massive canvass of over 50 people in the afternoon. They are searching for answers about the shooting death of 4-year-old Jeremiah Ward.

He was shot three times on Monday night around 5:30 pm. Coroner Jamie Harwood said he was shot twice in the back and once in the arm causing massive internal bleeding. He was rushed to the hospital but died minutes after arrival.

In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Chief Loren Marion, Corner Harwood, and newly elected councilwoman Rita Ali addressed the shooting. Ali said in here fifty years of living in Peoria this was the saddest day she’s seen. Chief Marion led the press conference with tears and choked words speaking about the 4-year-old’s death. He says they know people have information, but they aren’t coming forward. Crime Stoppers is offering a $5000 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest of the shooter. You can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (309) 673-9000 or by texting 274-637.

Kyle Beachy

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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