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Juvenile charged in shooting death of Centralia 13-year-old

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A 15-year-old was been charged with involuntary manslaughter Monday afternoon in the shooting death of a Centralia 13-year-old.

Centralia Chief of Police Brian Atchison said the 15-year-old boy was arrested Monday and later charged by Marion County State’s Attorney Bill Milner. 

Centralia Police received a 911 call from a residence at the 100 block of South Pine at 5:47 a.m. Saturday. Police officers found the 13-year-old male with a gunshot wound to the head. Centralia Fire Department and Lifestar EMS treated the victim at the scene.

He was taken to a St. Louis hospital with critical head injuries after initially being taken to SSM Health St. Mary’s hospital. He was pronounced dead early Monday morning at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

Four other juveniles who also were at the home were detained before being released with no charges.

According to WJBD-FM in Salemthe 15-year-old boy charged in the shooting is being detained at the Franklin County juvenile detention facility in Benton and is due back in court on Wednesday.

Milner couldn’t say if there would be further charges.

Parents at Centralia Junior High School received a message regarding the shooting stating that there would be a police presence Monday morning at Centralia Junior High School as an “extra precaution.”

An investigation into the shooting is ongoing. The Illinois State Police’s Child Death Task Force and Crime Scene Investigation continues to work the scene and track leads.

Centralia Police ask anyone with information to contact the department at 618-533-7602.

Friends, relatives and residents of Centalia have taken to social media with the police department’s contact information in hopes of getting answers to what happened to the teenager. A GoFundMe page has been established to benefit the family.

Kavahn Mansouri covers government accountability for the Belleville News-Democrat, holding officials and institutions accountable and tracking how taxpayer money is spent.
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