BLOOMINGTON — Police continued Wednesday to search for clues in Monday’s triple homicide on Riley Drive on Bloomington’s east side.
“We are putting all of our resources into this investigation, working with other agencies and working every angle,” said Bloomington Police Department spokesman Elias Mendiola.
Police were called to 311 Riley Drive at 2:43 p.m. Monday for a report of a gunshot victim. Three men, Corey D. Jackson and Nathaniel A. Pena, both 22, and Juan C. Perez-Macedo, 33, were pronounced dead at the scene. A 4-year-old boy, who relatives have identified as Pena’s son, was injured. Police said he remains in stable condition at a Peoria hospital with a gunshot wound.
“Our hearts go out to that 4-year-old boy who was shot,” Mendiola said. “That hit a lot of us hard and we really feel for the family. It’s one of the reasons we are working so hard to get this solved.”
There were no new breaks in the case Wednesday, he added.
“We are continuing to ask people to come forward with any information,” he said. “We are working on leads, but know there is some frustration from the public because we haven’t shared much with them on this investigation. But we have to protect the integrity of the active investigation and we can only give the public so much information so we don’t jeopardize anything.”
Mendiola said the department is taking advantage of all available agencies, including state and federal organizations when possible, to help solve the crime. The McLean County State's Attorney's office also is part of the active investigation.
“But our number one priority is public safety and that is always a concern,” he said. “That is the core of our mission is to make sure the public is safe.”
Mendiola said the department also is working with members of local community groups and with church leaders.
“A lot of us are also active in these communities and have been there for a long time, building a rapport with them,” he said. “You watch them grow up from being in diapers to young adults. So, we know people and we want to solve cases as much as anybody.”
A vigil was held Tuesday night for the victims of the shooting. GoFundMe sites have been established for the families of Jackson and Perez-Macedo.
Anyone with information on the homicides is asked to contact Bloomington police Detective Tim Power at (309) 434-2579 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Detective Brad Melton at (309) 434-2537 or email@example.com, or Detective Steve Moreland at (309) 434-2359 or firstname.lastname@example.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.