BLOOMINGTON — Two men were jailed Thursday on murder charges in the October 2018 shooting death of 27-year-old Trevonte Kirkwood in Bloomington.
Bloomington police said Thursday that Jordyn H. Thornton, 19, of Bloomington and Quentin Jackson, 21, of Peoria were charged with murder in the Oct. 30 death of Kirkwood outside his home in the 1300 block of North Oak Street.
Jackson was arrested at his home by the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force. Thornton already was in the McLean County jail on unrelated drug and theft charges.
Jackson's bond was set at $1 million, meaning he must post $100,035 to be released. Thornton must post $150,035 to be released on the murder charges.
Police were called to the scene around 8:40 p.m. Oct. 30 after neighbors heard about three shots outside in the block between Seminary Avenue and Union Street in northwest Bloomington. Officers found Kirkwood unresponsive and lying on the sidewalk, and he later died at the hospital.
Coroner Kathy Yoder said Kirkwood died of multiple gunshot wounds.
“He is not a case number. He is not just a black, African American with dreads. His name is Trevonte Kirkwood. He was my son. And as his mother, until I take my last breath, I will do whatever. I will keep preaching,” she said earlier this year.
She spoke March 22 at a rally on the steps of the McLean County Museum of History calling for an end to gun violence. She told the gathering of about 100 people that she no longer felt safe, but she “will always be heard.”
“Us as a community, we have got to come together. We have got to let our voices be heard on how gun violence is affecting us, not individually — as a whole,” she said. “We will not tolerate it.”
The suspects are expected in court Friday afternoon.