June 7, 2014

East St. Louis Police investigate city's 12th homicide

Police are investigating a homicide that occurred before 7 a.m. Saturday.

The 35-year-old victim was identified as Cedric Jenkins.

Assistant Police Chief Ronald Ike said investigators have received conflicting accounts from individuals in the area and at this point they have no suspects or a motive for the murder.

Jenkins' death brings the total number of homicides this year to 12 in the city.

Ike said it appears Jenkins suffered a gunshot wound to his upper right side of his back and died on the back porch of the home at 817 N. 73rd St.

Police were dispatched to the home after a caller reported the man's body was on the porch of the house.

Ike one individual told police that they heard seven gunshots at 12:30 a.m. Another heard two gunshots at 3:30 a.m.

A woman told police she heard something at the back of her home "and when she opened the door at 7 a.m., she saw that the victim had been shot in the back and was laying on the porch, which was in the rear of the house," Ike said.

Ike made an emotional plea to the young people who're using these illegal weapons and taking lives.

"Please stop these senseless killings," Ike said. "Put the guns down. ... No beef is worth someone's life."

Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.

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