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Detectives working to retrace steps of victim in Shiloh fatal shooting

Richard Baker, left, and Gover Gillespie III talk outside the Shiloh apartment building where Kenneth J. Easley was killed Saturday.
Richard Baker, left, and Gover Gillespie III talk outside the Shiloh apartment building where Kenneth J. Easley was killed Saturday. News-Democrat

Detectives with the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis are trying to retrace the steps of a Shiloh man in their hunt for whoever shot and killed him over the weekend.

Kenneth J. Easley, 26, was shot to death about 11:30 p.m. Saturday outside his apartment building at 22 Yorkshire Lane.

Lt. James Cavins, commander of the Major Case Squad, said detectives were working to retrace Easley’s final movements.

“We continue to interview numerous associates of Mr. Easley and view hours of video surveillance to determine a time-line of his activities and who he had been in contact with,” Cavins said Monday.

GUEST BOOK: Kenneth J. Easley

Investigators have said they believe Easley knew his attacker or attackers.

Shiloh Police Chief Jim Stover said Monday afternoon that the neighborhood where Easley was killed is “a quiet area.”

“We were surprised that (the murder took place) on Yorkshire,” Stover said. “To my knowledge, that specific street, we have the typical family domestic calls, but we haven’t had any violent crimes. We have very few problems there.”

According to friends, Easley worked at a restaurant in Fairview Heights.

An autopsy was scheduled for 8 a.m. Monday, but preliminary results from that examination haven’t been released and St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone couldn’t be reached for comment Monday afternoon.

Police asked that anyone with information call the Major Case Squad at 618-624-4545, Ext. 9819. Crimestoppers also has set up a tip line at 866-371-8477.

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