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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. - The Illinois State Police are helping homicide detectives with the East St. Louis Police Department investigate the murder of a 17-year-old.

According to Lt. Mark Doiron, an ISP spokesman, the murder occurred at the John de Shields Housing Complex on McCasland Avenue.

“People drive by, shoot up people’s houses, running to people’s cars, and shooting at random people for no reason. I mean, what’s the problem?” asked Lee Sayles, an East St. Louis resident.

East St. Louis police were called to the complex at 9:20 a.m. Friday. They found the victim, identified as Christopher Emerson, near building 8 with a gunshot wound.

EMS was called but Emerson was pronounced dead at the scene.

“There are a lot more children over here, so when you hear about that it breaks my heart. It breaks all of these guys' hearts because they have children,” said Andre Devine, another person living in the area. “I have a 19-year-old, and I fear for him every day because the 17-year-old just got killed."

Anyone with information on the investigation is asked to contact the East St. Louis Police Department at 618-482-6767, the Illinois State Police at 618-571-4124, or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.

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