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Community devastated, calls for end to violence following homicide at Stop N Save

September 21, 2021
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Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 10:08 AM CDT
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PEORIA (25 NEWS) - Monday night’s shooting at the Stop N Save super market was the second deadly shooting at the location in the last two weeks and now, neighborhood residents said enough is enough.

The community is calling for the violence to stop after Monday night’s shooting death of 19 year old Martez Robertson near Wayne and Northeast Jefferson.

Earlier this month, 35 year old Isaac Payton was killed behind the store in the 300 block of Wayne.

One resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said now, a simple trip to the store can be life-threatening.

“Each time I come out of my apartment, It feels like going into a war zone,” she said.

Another resident, who also asked to remain unknown, said the violence has gotten out of hand and that community leaders need to do their part to help end it.

“We need some leaders to step up,” he said.

“NAACP, the black community. We need to come together,” he added.

Another resident said she is tired of the violence that has the neighborhood on edge.

“You do all the right things, You cross all the T’s, you dot all the I’s [and] you can still lose your life simply by going to the store, she said.

One resident brought a bear and a candle to the Stop n Save as a memorial for Robertson.

She said he was a good kid and his death pains the community.

“I seen the family broke down in tears,” she said. “Little kids breaking down in tears. I mean, It’s not worth it.”

Tuesday afternoon, Peoria Police Chief Eric Echevarria said at a press conference they plan to keep an close eye on the area.

He said they are also talking to to residents and business owners to figure out what happened.

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