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Man found shot, left for dead beneath MetroLink tracks

Is MetroLink really so dangerous?

To figure out if MetroLink is really so dangerous, the Belleville News-Democrat collected reports from 15 police departments on the line as well as crime data from the past three years.
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To figure out if MetroLink is really so dangerous, the Belleville News-Democrat collected reports from 15 police departments on the line as well as crime data from the past three years.

A 22-year old man was found left for dead by East St. Louis police beneath a viaduct supporting MetroLink tracks early Monday morning.

The victim, Damian M. Connors, died shortly after he was taken to a St. Louis hospital.

East St. Louis Police were called to 25th Street at Interstate-64 at about 2 a.m. Illinois State Police Sgt. Elbert Jennings said officers found Connors with apparent gunshot wounds. No suspects have been identified, police said.

East St. Louis police and Illinois State Police are jointly investigating the homicide, the city’s 13th of 2019.

Anyone with any information is urged to call either East St.Louis Police, Illinois State Police special agent Travis Irwin at 484-5189. The CrimeStoppers anonymous tip line also pays up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

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