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UPDATE: 3 Peoria homicide victims identified by coroner

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1 PM UPDATE: Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood has identified the male victim in the Bradley Ave. shooting this morning as 22-year-old Anthony Polnitz of Peoria. It is unknown how many injuries Polnitz sustained. An autopsy is planned for this afternoon.


12:30 PM UPDATE: Peoria's Second District Councilman Chuck Grayeb said the man killed in the early Sunday shooting on Bradley Ave. has no affiliation with nearby Bradley University.

The shooting also claimed the life of 18-year-old Nasjay Murry, an 18-year-old Bradley University pre-med student from Chicago.

"On behalf of the Mayor and the entire Peoria City Council, we extend deepest condolences to the family and friends of all victims and deepest condolences to the Bradley University Family. No stone will be left unturned to apprehend the party responsible for this senseless act," said Grayeb in a Facebook post.

Grayeb said the woman who suffered a non life-threatening injury in the incident was treated and released from a local hospital.


11:45 AM UPDATE: Bradley University has released a statement on the Sunday morning homicide of one of it students.

"We are saddened to share that Bradley has suffered a tragic loss. An off-campus shooting overnight has claimed two lives, one of which is a student of ours. Nasjay Murry, a freshman Biomedical Science major from Chicago died overnight. At Bradley, we are a family. Together, we are deeply affected and grieving at this senseless tragedy. We extend our condolences and deepest sympathy to Nasjay’s family and friends. In her honor, campus flags will fly at half-staff for three days. Hugging our Braves close today," said the university in a statement.

Counseling services are available today from noon – 3 p.m. in Heitz Hall room 100 and 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. in the Garrett Center. These services are open to students, faculty and staff. If you would like to speak to counseling services, please call (309)-677-2700.


11:42 AM UPDATE: The Peoria County Coroner has identified one of the two victims of Sunday morning's double homicide on West Bradley Avenue. Harwood says 18-year-old Nasjay Murry of Chicago died at 3:30 AM. She was a pre-med student at Bradley University. An autopsy has been scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

An adult male was also shot and killed during the incident. His identity has not yet been identified.


11:30 AM UPDATE: The Peoria County Coroner has identified the victim of Saturday night's homicide on West Wyoming. 

Jamie Harwood says 24-year-old John W. Bell III was pronounced dead at 10:12 PM Saturday night. He adds that Bell had been shot multiple times, but the exact number was unavailable. An Autopsy is scheduled for Sunday morning.


Three people are dead after two separate shooting incidents in Peoria during the overnight hours.

Peoria police responded to the 2700 block of W. Wyoming in Peoria's South Side just after 9:15 p.m. Saturday on a ShotSpotter alert. Other callers reported a man shot. Police at the scene found a man with an apparent gunshot wound at the corner of Wyoming and Oregon. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

In the second incident, police responded to a house in the 1800 block of Bradley Ave. on Peoria's West Bluff around 1:45 a.m. Sunday after receiving a report of shots fired and a large number of people fleeing the area. Police checking the house found a man and woman with apparent gunshot wounds. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

A third gunshot victim, an adult woman, was transported to the hospital with a non life-threatening injury.

Both incidents remain under investigation. The three incidents mark the city's fourth, fifth and six murders of 2018.

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