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Shooting victim may have argued with suspected gunman on Facebook, investigators say

East St. Louis police and Illinois State Police a fatal shooting in the 400 block of Wimmer Place.
East St. Louis police and Illinois State Police a fatal shooting in the 400 block of Wimmer Place. kberg@bnd.com

Investigators are using a woman’s Facebook account to investigate her boyfriend’s shooting death after he apparently argued with his suspected shooter about a week before he was killed in June.

Monique Burrage said her boyfriend, Aaron D. Prayer, used her Facebook account to contact the suspected shooter days before he was shot and showed screenshots of the conversation to investigators, according to information in a search warrant filed with St. Clair County.

Prayer was shot to death on June 4 in front of 411 Wimmer Place in East St. Louis.

Illinois State Police investigators have now requested her Facebook records, including status updates, emails and texts in their investigation into the death of Prayer.

The suspected gunman had not been charged in connection with Prayer’s death as of Thursday afternoon.

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Mary Cooley: 618-239-2535; @MaryCooleyBND
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