UPDATE: Man arrested for double murder in West Peoria

Published: Sep. 29, 2022 at 10:06 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 29, 2022 at 4:48 PM CDT
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UPDATE (9:10 P.M.) - The Peoria County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Ricky J. Payne, 34, for allegedly killing his wife and eight-year old stepson who were shot to death at home on North Cedar in West Peoria Thursday morning.

Payne faces two counts of first degree murder, aggravated unlawful use of weapons, possession of a firearm by a felon, aggravated discharge of a firearm, two counts of endangering the life and health of a child, and obstructing justice.

Sheriff Chris Watkins says there were twin, one-year old toddlers at the home at the time of the killings, but they weren’t harmed. The twins’ parents were Payne and the female victim, said Watkins.

Coroner Jamie Harwood has yet to release the names of the dead woman and child.

“Please keep the victim’s family, coworkers, classmates, teachers, and our first responders that responded to the scene and investigated this tragedy in your thoughts and prayers. We recognize this affects everyone in our community, and we mourn this inconceivable loss of life of a mother and son” Sheriff Watkins said.

UPDATE: 4:45 P.M. - The 8-year-old boy was a third-grade student at Whittier Primary School, according to an email sent to parents.

Social workers, counselors and other support staff will be available at Whittier Friday.

UPDATE: 3:35 P.M. - Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood says the boy and 32-year-old woman are believed to be mother and son.

Their identities will be released after family members have had an opportunity to notify their loved ones, he said.

Autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

“This is another tragedy in our county.”

UPDATE: 10:49 A.M. - An 8-year-old boy and an adult woman are dead in a Thursday morning shooting, Peoria County Sheriff Chris Watkins confirms.

One man has been detained and is being questioned.

The call came in around 8:15 a.m. Thursday.

Watkins says a man called 9-1-1 from inside the residence. When deputies arrived, they found a woman in her 30s and the 8-year-old boy dead inside.

WEST PEORIA (25 News Now) - The Peoria County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting at a home in the 100 block of North Cedar in West Peoria.

Sheriff Chris Watkins says more information will be released when possible.

This story will be updated.