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Two men arrested in connection with the homicide of Jerry Snipes Jr.

October 28, 2021
Two arrested in the Peoria homicide of Jerry Snipes Jr
Two arrested in the Peoria homicide of Jerry Snipes Jr(25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Nov. 1, 2021 at 10:57 AM CDT
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UPDATE 8:15 p.m -- Peoria Police Thursday night said they’ve arrested another man for the shooting death of Manual High School student Jerry Snipes Jr., who was the city’s 24th homicide victim this year.

In addition to Jeremy Moore, police said they arrested Gary A. Irby III, 19, who was jailed in another case.

Irby also faces first-degree murder charges, according to police.

PEORIA (25 NEWS) - After already being arrested on weapons-related charges, Jeremy Moore Jr., 18, was again arrested -- this time on a charge of first-degree murder -- stemming from the shooting death of Jerry Snipes Jr.

Police confirmed Thursday night that Moore faces charges in the killing of the Manual High School student. it was Peoria’s 24th homicide this year.

Snipes died October 6. Court documents obtained by 25 News show police believe Snipes was killed with a shotgun.

Moore was previously arrested September 28, following a car chase after shots were fired as a crowd gathered at Logan Park in Peoria to commemorate one year since a street racing crash killed four young women.

Moore was identified as the driver of that car and was arrested and booked for several traffic violations, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, not having a FOID card and possession of a firearm while younger than 21 years of age.

complaint for a search warrant obtained by 25 News on October 19 sought electronic monitoring records from an ankle monitor Moore was wearing at the time of Snipes’ death.

The complaint also says records provided indicated Moore was in the area of the 2800 block of North Linn -- in the area and at the time of Snipes’ homicide.

The complaint goes on to say police recovered 9mm shell casings at the Snipes homicide scene and believe a 9mm pistol was a second weapon used in the homicide.

Ballistics data shows that 9mm weapon may be linked to a case on October 4. In that separate case, police found 9mm shell casings at a separate scene that are “presumed to be from the same weapon” used in the Snipes case. At that scene, they also recovered shotgun shells.

During Moore’s September arrest, three shotgun shells fell onto the road as Moore was placed into custody. The complaint says those shells are the “identical make and manufacturer” to those found on October 4.

A loaded Smith & Wesson .40 VE pistol was also found on the driver floor by the front seat during Moore’s September 28 arrest.

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