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Peoria shooting death investigated as city's 15th homicide this year

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Peoria police say they are investigating a shooting death Tuesday night in the 1400 block of West Kettelle Street as the city’s 15th homicide of the year.

Officers found the male victim around 10:30 p.m. after reporting to the area in response to a Shot Spotter alert indicating four rounds fired.

Despite attempts at life-saving measures, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood identified the victim as 49-year-old Julius Peyton, who lived on the block where the shooting occurred.

Harwood says autopsy results show Peyton suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died instantly.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information related to the case is asked to contact the police department.

The death is Peoria’s first homicide since July 16. Last year, Peoria recorded its 15th homicide on June 20 and finished 2021 with 34 homicides.

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Updated: August 10, 2022 at 3:17 PM CDT
Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood has identified the victim as 49-year-old Julius Peyton, who lived on the block where the shooting occurred. Harwood said an autopsy shows Peyton suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died instantly.
Contact Joe at jdeacon@ilstu.edu.