We saw a family come to the Cahokia Police station around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. When asked if they were related to the victim, they said, “We don’t know yet.”
They left the station about 30 minutes later. Some were in tears. Later, the Major Case Squad announced that the victim was Allen S. Templton, 17.
Investigators started their long night just after 6:30 p.m. Monday. Cahokia Police rushed to the Pheasant Run Mobile Home Community for a “shots fired” call. At about the same time, police got a call that a man was found shot near Circle Creek Drive and Illinois Route 3.
Major Case Squad Deputy Commander Lieutenant Jim Cavins said detectives stayed up all night long.
“The Major Case Squad investigators are still conducting neighborhood canvasses,” he explained early Tuesday morning. “We are still seeking the public’s assistance. And, we’re trying to get information from family members for whom our victim associated with.”
"It's crazy, because we were out here,” said resident Reginald Kilbert. “We're always out here. My kids, we have like 9 kids, out here all the time. It's always quiet out here. This is the first that I've heard of since we've been out here. I'm not understanding what's going on. I mean why? Why now?"
His relative, Antonio Kilbert said a crime scene and a murder victim being put in a hearse are the last things he wanted his children to see.
"All of us have kids, and we want to protect our kids and protect the neighborhood. But when you hear there is a body and our kids can walk and see it too; it kind of makes you look and understand sometimes it's scary."
Cavins said the squad has been in contact with the victim’s family members. But, he was not yet ready to release a positive identification until investigators could contact the entire family.
He welcomed anyone with any information to call Major Case Squad at (618) 337-9505.