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Major Case Squad investigating murder of former track star


EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – Investigators are asking for the public’s help in tracking down the person who killed a former East St. Louis High School track star over the weekend.

The Major Case Squad is handling the investigation into the murder of 21-year-old Roosevelt Davis Jr. from Cahokia.

The squad is working out of the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities said there have been no arrests thus far in the investigation.

The Major Case Squad is looking for a vehicle that was seen leaving the area of the shooting. It was described as a silver Pontiac with an Illinois temporary tag. It may also have a dent on the front passenger door.

Davis was an All-American and an All-State track star during his days at East St. Louis High School.

Davis was known as “the Animal” because his former coach said he was faster than a cheetah, had the tenacity of a tiger, and the heart of a lion.

Davis was found shot outside the County Line Quick Shop on Camp Jackson road near Cahokia just before 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Davis was discovered near the roadway and was pronounced dead at the scene.

He’d received a full track scholarship to Vincennes University, but the father of two had taken a break from his studies and only recently decided to go back.

The Major Case Squad has some 22 investigators working this case. If you have any information, you are asked to call the St. Clair County Sheriff`s Department.