15-year-old victim of Peoria gun violence identified

Shooting scene near the area of West Hanssler Place and Gift Avenue.
Shooting scene near the area of West Hanssler Place and Gift Avenue.(25 News Now)
Published: Nov. 9, 2022 at 2:48 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood has identified a 15-year-old as the victim of the Monday shooting near Quest Charter Academy Middle School.

Merian L. Smith, 15, was pronounced brain-dead at 10:11 a.m. Wednesday morning at OSF.

This is the 23rd homicide in Peoria this year.

Autopsy on Smith will follow organ donation later this week, Harwood said.

Police were called Monday around 3:30 p.m. to the 500 block of West Gift Avenue for three separate ShotSpotter alerts alerting to 21 rounds fired.