Two charged with Fourth of July murder in Champaign
URBANA — Champaign police have identified two men wanted for the fatal shooting of a young woman in northwest Champaign on the Fourth of July.
Warrants were issued Thursday charging Anthony L. Meads, 20, of the 200 block of Church Street, Champaign, and Treshaun M. Jake, 19, of the 900 block of East Madison Street, Danville, with the first-degree murder of Desirae Dearmond Austin.
The 20-year-old mother of two children was fatally shot at the intersection of Thornton Drive and Cruising Lane, the apparent victim of crossfire between two groups of men.
The shooting occurred about 10:20 p.m. She was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital, where she was pronounced dead in the emergency room at 11:10 p.m. Lt. Bob Rea said she died of a single gunshot wound to the chest. She was not the intended victim, but Rea declined to say whom Meads and Jake were firing at.
Meads and Jake are currently in the Vermilion County Jail in Danville. They were charged there Thursday with aggravated unlawful use of weapons in an unrelated case and are expected to be returned to Urbana next week.
Judge Jeff Ford issued the warrants for their arrests Thursday, setting bond on each at $1 million.
Rea said the entire police department worked to solve the crime but particularly praised the efforts of detectives Jaceson Yandell and Robb Morris for the many interviews they did to sort out what happened.
Police have expressed frustration throughout the month-long investigation about the lack of cooperation from witnesses.
“I’m still frustrated by the lack of cooperation. There are a lot of people out there who have a lot of information,” said Rea. “I’m still asking for them to come forward. They can remain anonymous. We have Crimestoppers.”
Calls about the case can be directed to the Champaign Police Department at 217-351-4545 or to Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477.