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BLOOMINGTON — Two Decatur men were arrested Monday in the Dec. 5 shooting death of Egerton Dover of Bloomington.

Anthony Grampsas, 18, and Tyjuan Bruce, 20, were arrested at 11:45 a.m. Monday by the U.S. Marshals Service in Decatur on warrants issued Monday charging them in Dover's death. They were transferred Monday night to McLean County jail.

The men were jailed in lieu of posting $500,035 each on charges of murder (four counts each), home invasion with a firearm, armed robbery, robbery and residential burglary, according to the McLean County jail.

Police were called about 4:41 a.m. Dec. 5 to 816 W. Jefferson St. after a report that someone had been shot. Dover, 20, later was pronounced dead at the scene by McLean County Coroner Kathy Yoder.

He died of multiple gunshot wounds, police said.

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A Bloomington crime scene investigator works in the 800 block of West Jefferson Street, the scene of a fatal shooting on Dec. 5, 2018.

“He surrounded himself with a lot of support, a lot of positivity,” said Trevoun McGee, Dover's friend of nine years. “He never came in negative; you’d never see him not smiling. He had a bright smile.”

McGee planned the vigil quickly, spreading the word on Facebook before the McLean County coroner’s office released Dover’s name late that afternoon.

“Somebody like that leaving my life — it hurt,” he said. “I wanted people to come together and let everybody know that’s the type of person he was.”

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People gather for a vigil Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, outside the home on West Jefferson Street where Egerton Dover, 20, was shot and killed earlier in the day.

Dover, a graduate of University High School in Normal, was genuine, honest and outgoing and always wanted to make sure everyone around him was happy, McGee said, and that was reflected in the crowd at the vigil.

Despite the sub-freezing temperatures, dozens stood in Dover’s front yard for more than an hour. They stood in near silence, embracing each other and wiping away tears. Just beyond the police tape still wrapped around the house, candles and tealights spelled “RIP” on the front steps. 

Dover played football for the U High Pioneers. He graduated in 2016 and went on to record music videos and take photos for aspiring musicians in the area.

The fact that Dover's death came at the end of a year that saw an unusually high number of homicides in Bloomington-Normal weighed on the thoughts of many at the vigil.

"We can’t let our city get out of control like everywhere else is, but it’s up to the people," said Dominique Stevenson. He prayed with those at the vigil and asked God to bring peace to the streets of Bloomington-Normal.

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Bloomington police investigate a fatal shooting Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in the 800 block of West Jefferson. Police were called to the scene at about 4:45 a.m. One man was pronounced dead.

Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to contact Detective Steve Fanelli at 309-434-2457 or sfanelli@cityblm.org or Detective Jared Roth at 309-434-2379 or jroth@cityblm.org.

If you want to remain anonymous, call McLean County Crime Stoppers at (309) 828-1111. If your call leads to the arrest and indictment of suspect(s) you may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.


Photos: 2018 McLean County mug shots

Contact Roger Miller at (309) 820-3233. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_rmiller

Kevin Barlow and Kelsey Watznauer contributed to this report.