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Man fatally shot in Washington Park was father of 3 with another child on the way

Timiji Jackson, 25, of Washington Park, was fatally shot Friday night.
Timiji Jackson, 25, of Washington Park, was fatally shot Friday night. Provided

A 25-year-old father of three who had another child on the way was fatally shot Friday night in the 1300 block of N. 48th Street.

St. Clair County Coroner Calvin Dye Sr. identified the victim as Timiji Jackson, of Washington Park. Jackson was found face down on the ground in front of a house in the 1400 block of N. 48th Street, Dye said.

Illinois State Police Sgt. Elbert Jennings said Washington Park police received a 911 call reporting shots fired at the 48th Street home.

“When police found (Jackson), he appeared to have no signs of life or very minimal signs,” Jennings said.

Jackson was taken to Touchette Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:55 p.m. Friday.

Jennings said police had no suspects as of Saturday evening. He also said the house “received some damage” that “could have been from gunshots,” but he said it was still being investigated. There were people inside the home when Jackson was shot, Jennings said, but no one else was injured.

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Timiji Jackson, 25, of Washington Park, was fatally shot Friday night. Provided

Jackson’s mother, Oleatha Robertson, described him as a family man who spent lots of time with his children, brothers, cousins and other relatives.

“Whoever did it, they need to come forward,” she said. “I have no idea why somebody would shoot him. I want to know why. I want justice.

“He loved his kids and his family. We were all always together cooking and enjoying each other.”

She said her son had spent the day with her Friday.

“We barbecued, and I cooked. It was between 8 and 8:30 p.m. when I told him and other family members I had to go to bed, because I had to work this morning (Saturday),” she said.

One or two hours after she went to bed, Robertson got a call about her son being shot.

“I rushed to the hospital. His father was there, too,” she said.

Jackson had two daughters, a stepson and another child on the way, Robertson said. He also had five brothers and a stepsister.

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