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Police: Man fatally shot execution-style in Washington Park alley

Washington Park Police investigators joined by Illinois State Police were canvassing the neighborhood near 53rd Street where a man in his mid-20s was gunned down execution-style on Friday night.

Washington Park Police Chief Tony Tomlinson identified the victim as Keon Ivory.

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Shortly before 8 p.m., police received a call that reported shots were fired and a man was down in the alley near 53rd Street.

When officers arrived, they found Ivory’s body on the ground. Paramedics started working on him, but he was pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital, Tomlinson said.

Ivory was chased down in the alley in the 1300 block of North 53rd Street by at least two unknown men who were in a car, police said.

“It appears that he fell and the gunman got out of the passenger side of the vehicle and shot him execution-style,” Tomlinson said. “The victim was shot multiple times. There is no one in custody at this time.”

The suspects fled the scene. Tomlinson said police did not know a motive for the killing.

Ivory had multiple addresses on file, but it appears that a last known address for him was in the 2400 block of McCasland Avenue in East St. Louis, Tomlinson said.

Tomlinson said Ivory’s relatives live in Washington Park and he was very near their home when he was gunned down.

No weapon was recovered.

Washington Park had three investigators, including Tomlinson, working the case along with at least four Illinois State Police investigators.

They were canvassing the neighborhood looking for anyone who may have seen anything, Tomlinson said.

He said investigators were pulling video from nearby businesses to see if their cameras captured the shooting.

Police asked that anyone with any information pertaining to the village's first homicide this year call the Washington Park Police Department at 618-874-0115, Illinois State Police at 346-3990, or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-371-TIPS. This is an anonymous tip line that pays up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

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