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East St. Louis police find man dead inside of a building he was working in

Violence and unsolved murders in East St. Louis

Between 2000 to 2018 there have been 453 murders within the 14-mile border of East St. Louis, IL. Police have only been able to solve 25 percent of homicide cases.
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Between 2000 to 2018 there have been 453 murders within the 14-mile border of East St. Louis, IL. Police have only been able to solve 25 percent of homicide cases.

Police are looking for the person who shot and killed a man inside of an East St. Louis building where he was working Wednesday afternoon.

Illinois State Police and East St. Louis police are jointly working to find out why the man was shot and who did it.

St. Clair County Coroner Calvin Dye, Sr. identified the victim as Fred Williams of the 8300 block of Church Lane, EastSt. Louis. He was pronounced at the scene, Etta’s Bar and Grill, at 4:50 p.m. Dye also confirmed that Williams had been shot.

Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Jerri Hochmuth said the East St. Louis police received a call at 3:56 p.m. on Wednesday “about a subject deceased inside of a building on 73rd and State Streets.”

Williams, 53, was found inside in the rear of the building at 7228 State Street, Hochmuth said. He is the 22nd homicide victim in East St. Louis this year.

Anyone with information is urged to call ISP Special Agent Derek Weh at 618-343-5239, East St. Louis police at 618-482-6600 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866- 371-TIPS.

Carolyn P. Smith has worked for the Belleville News-Democrat for 18 years and currently covers breaking news in the Metro-East. She graduated from the Journalism School at the University of Missouri at Columbia and says news is in her DNA.
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