Police seek help solving fatal shooting

Police seek help solving fatal shooting

CHAMPAIGN — Police need help solving a fatal shooting that took place on Independence Day in northwest Champaign.

According to a police report, officers were called to the intersection of Thornton Drive and Cruising Lane, in the Garden Hills area of Champaign, at 10:24 p.m. July 4 after receiving a report of shots fired in the area.

When police arrived, they found Desirae Austin, 20, lying in the intersection with a gunshot wound. Ms. Austin was taken to the emergency room at Carle Foundation Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

If you have any information on this homicide, please call Champaign police at 351-4545 or Crimestoppers at 373-8477. Tips can also be sent at http://www.373tips.com or by cellphone text by sending Tip397 plus the information to CRIMES (274637).

The information you provide is confidential. You do not have to give your name or appear in court. Crimestoppers will pay a reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest for this crime. Cash rewards are also paid for information on other felony crimes or fugitives in the Champaign County area.

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