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With little to go on, East St. Louis police search for suspect in fatal shooting

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According to data from the FBI, property and violent crimes continue to decrease in Illinois, though the violent crime's are still slightly higher than the national average.
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According to data from the FBI, property and violent crimes continue to decrease in Illinois, though the violent crime's are still slightly higher than the national average.

A 23-year-old East St. Louis man was fatally shot Thursday night.

The victim was identified by St. Clair County Coroner Calvin Dye Sr. as Markeese A. Fair of the 2900 block of Tudor Avenue in East St. Louis. He was pronounced dead at 10:21 p.m., Dye said.

This is the 10th homicide of the this year, according to police.

Police responded to Touchette Regional Hospital in Centreville after receiving a call at 9:21 p.m. about a gunshot victim.

East St. Louis Assistant Police Chief Ontourio Eiland said, “Illinois State Police Zone 6 Homicide Investigations was called out to assist us. Right now, we do not have anyone in custody.”

Illinois State Police Sgt. Jerri Hochmuth responded to the scene to assist East St. Louis police in their initial investigation. She said there are no suspects. She could not comment on whether police located a weapon.

Hochmuth said police do not know the motive for the shooting. Eiland says anyone who has information about this homicide should call East St. Louis police or Illinois State Police or CrimeStoppers (1-866-371-Tips (8477). The CrimeStoppers tip line is where callers can remain anonymous and receive up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

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