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Peoria woman's son charged with murdering her by strangulation

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Peoria County State's Attorney Jodi Hoos said Wednesday that 17-year-old Avion Tapia is charged with his mother's murder.

Coroner Jamie Harwood said 36-year-old Vanessa Tucker died from asphyxiation by suffocation. Finger marks were found on her neck.

Harwood said Tucker was found not breathing and without a pulse just after 4:15 a.m. Tuesday in the 2300 block of North Wisconsin.

Tucker was later pronounced dead at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

Hoos said Tapia is being held at the Peoria County Juvenile Detention Center due to his age, but he will be tried as an adult.

Tapia called 911 and told authorities his mother wasn't breathing and was unresponsive. He and his mother had reportedly gotten into a physical fight beforehand. Hoos said witnesses claimed he tried to climb into his mother's apartment window, and was seen hiding behind a dumpster outside her apartment.

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Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.