A 16-year-old boy was found dead in a bullet-riddled car early Thursday morning, according to Illinois State Police.
Anqwan “Quan” Palmer, of East St. Louis, was found in the passenger seat of a stolen Ford Mustang that had been shot at “numerous” times, Illinois State Police spokesman Calvin Dye Jr. said. The car was found in the 400 block of 23rd Street.
Palmer died of a gunshot, Dye said. He was pronounced dead at 2:05 a.m. Thursday, said St. Clair County Coroner Calvin Dye Sr. Palmer’s autopsy was set for Friday.
East St. Louis police contacted Illinois State Police at 1:22 a.m. to assist with what investigators said was a homicide. Another teen was involved as well, and received gunshot wounds that were not considered life-threatening, said ISP Master Sgt. Mark Doiron.
East St. Louis District 189 spokeswoman Sydney Stigge-Kaufman said Palmer was not a student of District 189, but said counselors were on hand to provide support for students as needed.
Palmer loved to rap, and was playful, said one of his friends, Ree’Vyn Sanders. But when it came down to business, he knew to buckle down and get serious.
“He only wanted to follow his dreams in rapping and make some money and get his mother out of East St. Louis,” Sanders said.
Another friend, Jayla Harkins, said she and Palmer used to FaceTime each other all the time. She said she’ll miss seeing his smile and hearing his voice every day.
“He was always there for me,” Harkins said. “Quan is like a real sweet boy; he is so quiet and very smart.”
The day Palmer died, Harkins said she had told him to be careful, because she was worried about his safety.