Peoria County Coroner Releases Statement on 12 Year Old Murdered by Gunshot

The Peoria County Coroner, Jamie Harwood, announced on Monday that the death of a 12 year old in a shooting that occurred on July 21st was a homicide and will be investigated as a homicide. Coroner Harwood released a final report on the shooting on Monday that laid out the details of what occurred. According to the coroner’s report, 12 year old DeShawnteris Edwards of West Seibold Street in Peoria was outside of a residence just after 5:10 Am on Wednesday, July 21st, when shots were fired. Officers from the Peoria Police Department responded to a report that someone had been shot in the area and upon arrival at the location of the shots fired report, they found Edwards with a gunshot wound to the head. Attempts at resuscitation occurred until Edwards arrived at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center where he was eventually pronounced dead. Autopsy on Edwards demonstrates that he suffered a single gunshot wound to the head and likely died instantly. His death is being investigated as a homicide. This incident remains under investigation by the Peoria Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. No further information is being released at this time.

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