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South Peoria shooting was suspected murder-suicide

PEORIA, Ill. (HOI) — A deadly home invasion in South Peoria early Thursday morning is a suspected murder-suicide.

Peoria police said in a Friday press conference they believe David Jenkins, 39, of Peoria, shot and killed 30-year-old Kayla Fannon, then shot himself. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said Jenkins died of a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Fannon died of shots to the neck, shoulder and abdomen, Harwood said. She likely died instantly.

Two other people escaped from the home.

Jenkins was released on parole from state prison on Jan. 25 of this year after he was sentenced for felony aggravated battery against a pregnant person in 2017. As a condition of his parole, Jenkins was ordered not to contact Fannon.

Peoria Police Chief Loren Marion III said Fannon contacted police about text messages from Jenkins late Wednesday night, including an alleged photo of Jenkins holding a handgun, though his full face couldn’t be seen.

An officer could not find the order prohibiting contact in a database, Marion said.

Fannon and Jenkins had once been in a relationship. Fannon took out an order of protection against Jenkins, but it expired in 2017. That expired order did show up in the police database, Marion said.

The officer asked Fannon to forward the texts so he could send them to Jenkins’ parole officer. He also said she should go to a safe place if she felt threatened, and recommended she file for another order of protection, Marion said.

Jenkins entered Fannon’s house at 1211 W. John Gwynn Jr. Ave. just before 7 a.m. Thursday and began firing.


Tim Shelley

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