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One in custody after woman shot and killed in Peoria


Authorities say a 24-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting early Saturday in Peoria. It is at least Peoria’s 11th homicide of the year.

The shooting happened around 4:19 a.m. in the 300 block of South Sterling Avenue, near the Madison public golf course. Responding to a request for help, police found Mariah Faith Moss, 21, inside her residence with a gunshot wound to her upper body. Moss was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police identified the suspect as 24-year-old Kaitlyn S. Taylor, who faces preliminary charges of first-degree murder in connection with the woman’s death.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Detective Scott Hulse at (309) 494-8391, tip411 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (309) 673-9000.

The shooting comes as Peoria city leaders try to rally around the best approach to curbing gun violence. There were a record 34 homicides in 2021, many of them involving guns.

By contrast, the 11th homicide of 2021 took place on June 2 of that year.

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