UPDATE: PPS custodian is Peoria’s 15th homicide victim of the year

Published: Aug. 10, 2022 at 7:39 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 10, 2022 at 3:05 PM CDT
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UPDATE 3:00 p.m. - Peoria’s 15th homicide victim of the year was a custodian at Peoria Public Schools.

The coroner says 49-year-old Julius J. Peyton died instantly of multiple gunshot wounds throughout his body. The shooting happened last night after 10 p.m. at Peyton’s home in South Peoria, near the intersection of Kettelle and Louisa Streets.

Peyton was pronounced deceased on scene at 11:32 p.m. Tuesday night.

Peoria Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat says Peyton worked as a custodian at Trewyn School.

“I was informed today that one of our employees was a victim of senseless violence overnight,” Kherat said in a statement to 25 News. “Peoria Public Schools took steps to comfort staff and students who knew him while law enforcement conducts it investigation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.”

Family tells us he was a “great” person. One of his sons says his dad meant “everything” to him.

PEORIA (25 News Now) - A homicide investigation is underway after Peoria Police responded to a Shot Spotter alert of 4 rounds fired in the 1400 block of West Kettelle Street.

According to a news release, the call came in around 10:30 p.m., Tuesday night.

Once officers arrived on scene, one male victim was found with a gunshot wound. Despite lifesaving measures, the victim was pronounced dead on scene. The name and age of the victim has not been reported as of Wednesday morning.

The Peoria County Coroner is expected to release the cause of death at a later time.

As Peoria Police continue their investigation, they are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact Detective Allen at (309) 494-8367, Tip411 (anonymously), or Crime Stoppers (anonymously) at (309) 673-9000.

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