UPDATED: Walk for peace today in wake of fatal shooting

UPDATED: Walk for peace today in wake of fatal shooting

CHAMPAIGN — A walk for peace has been scheduled for this evening in the wake of two shootings — one of them fatal — in the last two days.

“Over the past two days there have been two shootings in our community,” said Patricia Avery, president of the Champaign County NAACP. “One of those shootings ended tragically in Garden Hills yesterday.   Local pastors, community leaders, and members of our community are calling for an end to the violence.”

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Avery said she and Pastor Lekevie Johnson will lead a "community prayer for peace walk," beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Johnson's Jericho Missionary Baptist Church, 1601 W. Bloomington Road, C, and go to the Garden Hills subdivision. Leaders will pray for peace and call for an end to violence, Avery said. 

The move comes as Champaign police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in northwest Champaign, a second shooting in the city in just over 24 hours that appears to be gang-related.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup identified the man killed as Allen M. Redding, 26. Northrup said he had no address for Mr. Redding but court records indicate that in April he listed an address on Southwood Drive in Champaign.

"We do believe this is a disagreement between two gangs," said Chief Deputy Troy Daniels.

About 5:50 p.m. Tuesday, Champaign police found Mr. Redding, mortally wounded,   outside in the 1500 block of Hedge Road.  "He is very familiar to us," Daniels said. 

Mr. Redding had been released from prison in mid-March after serving about five years of an 11-year sentence for attempted armed robbery stemming from a holdup during a dice game in Champaign in August 2008.

Officers were told that people were being chased in vehicles by others who were armed and that multiple shots had been fired. 

The officers tended to Mr. Redding until paramedics could get him to the emergency room at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where he was pronounced dead.

Police are looking for two vehicles and at least four men "that were connected to this shooting," he said, adding that the some are friends of Mr. Redding and others are from a rival gang. He declined to name the gangs.

"The danger that was posed to the neighbors and children in this area was significant. We received reports there were children very close by. Without question, we will use whatever resources we have available to find every person connected to this homicide," Daniels said.

Police are looking for two vehicles described as a newer, black, four-door passenger car and a silver sport utility vehicle.

The men they are looking for are all described as black, Daniels said.

One was wearing a white shirt; the second was about 18, wearing a jean jacket with no sleeves and blue jeans; the third was about 30, 5 feet, 11 inches, 145 pounds; and the fourth about 18, 5 feet, 10 inches, weighing 160 pounds.

Daniels said it's possible a second man may have been injured in the Tuesday evening gunfire but police have not found him. That's similar to what happened Monday night. 

Police were called about 7:15 p.m. to the 2100 block of West White Street and found evidence that shots had been fired and people who told them they saw a person shooting from one vehicle at another. 

Police learned later that a 22-year-old man who had been driving a white Pontiac that had been found abandoned and bullet-riddled near Mattis and Kirby avenues showed up at  Presence Covenant Medical Center for treatment. He had been shot in the leg.

In that case, police are looking for a tan or gold-colored newer model car that was last seen leaving Gramercy Apartments going east on White Street toward Country Fair Drive.

Police are asking for help in solving both shootings, which brings to more than 15 the number of gun-related crimes in the city in the last three weeks.

"We need people with information to come forward to be successful. I know there are some people who are afraid of retaliation. Please remember the innocent children who were in the area who could have been hurt in this reckless gunfire. Crimestoppers can and will keep them anonymous if they need to use Crimestoppers," Daniels said.

Anyone with information about the latest shooting or any crime can contact Champaign Police at 217-351-4545. Callers can remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at 373-8477.

Information can also be sent by anonymous web tip by going to: www.373tips.com  or by texting keyword “CCTIP” plus the information to 274637 (CRIMES). 



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Youremyboyblue wrote on June 25, 2014 at 7:06 am

Sad....When it get's nice out, they just can't figure out how to act.

STM wrote on June 25, 2014 at 7:06 am

Why do we have to call them "men?"  The term used to imply responsible adulthood. Can't we just say a twenty-something year old "male?"

...and before we get ahead of ourselves, I resist calling immature, law-breaking, sociopaths of any race "men."


787 wrote on June 25, 2014 at 8:06 am

Where is Chief Cobb when things like this happen?  Why do we rarely ever hear from him?


WeThePeople wrote on June 25, 2014 at 8:06 am

This is very sad to see in the city of Champaign. I seriously hope the Champaign PD find these "men", which I'm sure they will, before they hurt innocent people or most importantly innocent children. I'm glad I took the training, fingerprinting, background check, payed the fees and everything else, so I can travel through these areas if need be, knowing that I can protect my family and myself should the need ever arise (which I pray never happens).

LetsBeReal wrote on June 25, 2014 at 10:06 am

I hate how the media likes to make the community believe every shooting has to be gang related. True gang activity died out years ago, whats' occuring today is not gang activity or turf war. These are disagreements gone wrong. Gang stuff doesnt even exist in that fashion anymore.

Speakerman11 wrote on June 25, 2014 at 11:06 am

Are you serious right now?

rsp wrote on June 25, 2014 at 3:06 pm

That would be gang disagreements. Maybe you need to get out more. It involves money, drugs, who can sell to who.

alabaster jones 71 wrote on June 26, 2014 at 2:06 am
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LetsBeReal, I think you need to find yourself a new user name, because there is certainly no reality in your comment. 

Perhaps you should go spend some time in the poorest neighborhoods of Chicago for a few weeks.  Then you can truthfully let us know if you still think gang violence "doesn't exist" anymore.  If you're still alive to tell us, that is.

Who really cares wrote on June 25, 2014 at 12:06 pm

This is an issue that most "normal" people can only read about and sideline quarterback. Gun violence and homicides are always a really bad thing for the community as a whole. It also presents a horrific crime element and deadly reality for the people who live in the areas where this is happening. Innocent bystanders, men, women, and children are forced to deal with this first hand. Whether you want to believe it or not, and of course you dont, there are law abiding citizens who live in these troubled areas. They do not adhere or subscribe to this lifestyle, yet they they have to live in it. I say "have to" because simply packing up and moving to a "better" area in town is not a viable option for everyone. What are they to do? Assisting the Police can be deadly for them also. If word gets back that they assited the Police with the investigation, they are now targets. This a very complex problem and if it were simple to solve and prevent, all of you would have done it by now if you really cared.  These gun toting idiots are not the majority, they are a small segment of this population that give the community a bad reputation and terrorize the streets of Champaign/Urbana.

Law abiding citizens like us have always resorted to dehumanizing the offenders and the victims in cases like this. Saying they arent "men" and ignoring the human element makes it easier for us to think of them as less than human, this assertion has never been beneficial.  This makes it easier for us to dimiss the truth of it all. They are people invloved in things that they should not be involved in and it takes a concerted effort from the community as a whole to combat. We are eager to get on our soap boxes and throw daggers but very reluctant to do anything by the way of working towards a solution. I am not excusing the honus of the neighborhoods at ground zero either. They should be he trailblazers in this fight because they are in the thick of it all. The Police cant do it by themselves, the immediate community cant do it alone, and trash talking definitely wont solve a darn thing. Apathy has always been the weakness of combating any problem. Waiting on someone else to say or do something becomes a very long waiting period. If you are vocalizing your disgust, yet have nothing to contribute( time, real advice, non-monetary assistance), what is your point? Other than the fact that it allows you to look down your nose so you can judge and categorize people... 

I also think the press is referring to the victim as a man because he is a male, not validating the premise that he was a responsible adult male in this community. Seriously... What are you prepared to do to help fight this problem? Or is this another one of those times to bow out and say, "That's not my problem" If this is you, you shouldnt have made negative comments in the first place. Figure out which one you are and be good at what you do in this effort.


Joe American wrote on June 25, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Excuse me?  You have to do something about the problem in order to have a strong opinion?  Wow, news to me.

You obvioiusly have an opinion.  What are YOU doing?

Who really cares wrote on June 26, 2014 at 8:06 am

Funny... I have worked in this community for over twelve years in several different capacities with several different organizations, including law enforcement organizaions fighting this problem and others. Children, families, and education have been my life's work... When you have really worked in this community and dealt with these problems first hand, your perspective would be different, thats why I know most of you are merely assessing this situation from an ignorant person's perspective... I say ignorant in a nice way because if you dont know, you just dont know.

Having a "strong opinion" is one thing, but the people who usually have "strong opinions" are never the ones doing anything about the problems they rant about. Opinions at dire times like this are worthless. What is your opinion going to do? What does your "strong opinion" do to inspire a change or better the circumstances the you disect and ridicule? This is the point I'm trying to make, People are literally getting killed in the community and all some of have is opinions... I am and have ben doing something about it what about YOU?

unicorn1116 wrote on June 25, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Well said, Who Really Cares....

DaPaign217 wrote on June 25, 2014 at 1:06 pm

 After reading all of the comments, I see nobody has mentioned what a horrible job the state's attorney and the police have been doing. The news keeps mentioning how many gun incidents there have been. It has a lot to do with the poor job the state's attorney and the police have been doing period. In Champaign County these days, people with gun charges either get their cases dropped or the state's attorney makes deals. Majority of these idiots are snitching to get off on their gun charges and the others receive so little time it's a joke. Then they just get right back in the streets and do the samething. It's ridiculous that these individuals with multiple gun charges don't receive hardly anytime and everybody ponders why there have been so many gun incidents in Champaign. The facts speak for themselves. If you read the news- gazette then you would have seen that the most time anybody received for possession of any of those guns stolen from Rural King was 7 years. Seriously? That just shows that the courts aren't taken gun violence seriously. These individuals do about three years and in their minds think it's nothing. Just imagine what these other individuals think when their gun charges get dropped... In Champaign County, people will get more prison time for driving or for possession of weed then having a gun......

sweet caroline wrote on June 25, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Allen Redding doesn't have a record at all on cccircuitclerk.com.  I wonder what the police mean when they say he was very familiar to him.  

jmh910 wrote on June 25, 2014 at 9:06 pm

If you select criminal division you'll see his record.

just_wondering wrote on June 25, 2014 at 8:06 pm

But of course, because yet another walk for peace, or vigil, or claims that these are all just good kids will fix it all. The "community leaders" of pastors and cultural leaders will once again lead the community to... ????? Yet another hot, miserable, deadly summer?

And it's all the school district's fault. Let's have another lawsuit against the school district. The school district must certainly be at fault for unfairly disciplining students - we must have equitable numbers of discipline based on race - yes, that will be fair, and will surely fix it all.

Let's blame the police department - they are racist. Then let's hire a new chief of police that will clearly fix it all. Then let's blame him too. 

It's cleary everyone else's fault. When will everyone else get their act together???


alabaster jones 71 wrote on June 26, 2014 at 2:06 am
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So, your strategy is to fight red herrings with red herrings of your own?

Joe American wrote on June 25, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Thank  you to all of those who showed up and walked.  That'll show 'em.  I already feel safer.

alabaster jones 71 wrote on June 26, 2014 at 2:06 am
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Will the walk for peace help prevent any future crime?  Maybe, maybe not.  Unlike you, though, at least they actually care about the violence, and showed up to try and do something about it.  Much more than you, "Joe American," will try to do, or than you must care. 

Your snarky apathy is obviously not helpful, and maybe you should keep your thoughtless insensitivity to yourself, instead of mocking and belittling people who are trying to make a difference....no matter how small that difference might end up being.  What's your solution?

Joe American wrote on June 26, 2014 at 9:06 am

Wow, lot's of great name calling in that post.  I ought to get you together with my 10 year old.  You two could probably teach each other a few good ones.

So tell me again how walking around a neighborhood is going to change things?  I believe these walks have occurred in the past, people went home those nights feeling good, and now we got this. 

alabaster jones 71 wrote on June 26, 2014 at 10:06 am
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There was no outright name-calling in my post.  Maybe your 10-year-old can help you learn some basic reading comprehension.

I'll repeat myself, since you clearly failed to grasp it the first time....the effectiveness of the marches is not what I'm arguing about.  I'm arguing that criticizing other people's efforts to curb gang violence, all while not caring about it or offering any solutions yourself, makes you look like a jerk.

You might want to ask your child's teacher for some help in forming more cohesive arguments and staying on point.  The teacher may also be able to help you discover a bit of human decency and thoughtfulness towards others, although a therapist would probably be better suited to that task.

Joe American wrote on June 26, 2014 at 12:06 pm

"....at least they actually care about the violence, and showed up to try and do something about it."

" I'm arguing that criticizing other people's efforts to curb gang violence,..."

Again, I ask how walking around a neighborhood does anything to curb violence.  Let's see if you can answer the question in lieu of dancing around the question, denying that you said it, and doing your best bait & switch by quasi-masterfully belittling the messenger, successfully only to those with short attention spans.

alabaster jones 71 wrote on June 26, 2014 at 6:06 pm
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Wow, now that's the pot calling the kettle black if I've ever seen it before.

I'm denying that I said it because I never said it.  Nowhere in either of those quoted statements did I make any assertion about the march's effectiveness.

However, both you and I have no way of knowing that this march and past marches will make and have made no difference.  Perhaps a young man will see his mother, father, pastor, or another trusted person that he cares about marching, note how much this gang activity is hurting them, and make some positive changes for himself.

I don't think that any of the people marching believed that the march itself was going to magically make gang violence go away.  They are simply trying to make their voices heard.  Ideally, it would be a catalyst for more concrete action.

So now, you can answer the question that you've kept dancing around and avoiding....what's your solution?  What do you think they should do, instead of marching?  There are few actions more pointless and worthless than smacking down someone else's efforts while offering no suggestions of your own for the problem at hand.

And this time, if you could actually come up with some questions or arguments that I haven't answered to already, that would be cool.

Joe American wrote on June 27, 2014 at 1:06 pm

I have no solution, or at least one that you'd do anything but criticize.  Fact is - I don't need a solution in order to form and share my opinions.  As a matter of fact, I just did that it.

As far as your continual denying that your statements infer that the walkers were walking to curb he violence, I have nothng more to say.  Keep denying it.

alabaster jones 71 wrote on June 27, 2014 at 4:06 pm
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So I answered your question, but you're still dancing around mine.  Got it.  This semantics argument has really been fun.

Your "solution" is probably something akin to "let all these thug kids kill each other, for all I care," so maybe you're right.  Maybe you are actually better off keeping that to yourself.

rsp wrote on June 28, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Maybe by walking they show others they aren't alone, and they feel the courage to pick up the phone to at least call crimestoppers and give some information that could make their neighborhood safer. Sometimes all it takes is hope instead of someone like you being so fatalistic that nothing can change. I have scared off drugdealers with nothing more than a camera. Not only did they stop selling on my corner by their supplier mover out of the neighborhood. They are there because people let them be there.

plzstatefacts wrote on June 25, 2014 at 10:06 pm

So I'm from Champaign so i can honestly say that's it's not a problem of any particular group of people, it has more to do with your system. The Suppression of peoples rights as human beings. Why are they throwing people in prison for years for pety crimes? Instead of addressing issues properly why are they trying to force conformity. The "community " is a mess, too much bureaucracy not enough freedom. I'm happy i left. Deuces !

alabaster jones 71 wrote on June 26, 2014 at 1:06 am
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I'm not usually one to defend the criminal justice system, but that's kind of a silly way to look at it.  Unfair practices in the criminal justice system did not, by and of themselves, compel these young men to take another man's life.  Regardless of any compelling circumstances, they are still the ones who made that destructive choice, and they are ultimately responsible for it.

Also, it quite obviously does have to do with one particular group of people....young, low-income, black men.  Unlike others who comment on this website have and will, I'm not pointing that out to demonize them.  However, denying that reality isn't going to make it go away.

Local Yocal wrote on June 26, 2014 at 4:06 pm
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In order for the community to understand this and begin solving this problem, it would be helpful if the police department would quit with the vague and phony reasons for the shootings. "Drugs," and "gangs," as reasons for the shootings tells us nothing as to how to go about solving this. So first order of business is to give the public the entire narrative of what caused people to become so angry with one another.
Police hint to The News-Gazette they know what the narrative is, able to confidently claim it's about drugs and an argument. 

What we won't hear, unless an arrest is made and the defendant takes it to a jury trial, (a jury trial will be very discouraged to keep all this quiet) is that in the whacky world of The Drug War, the police, prosecutors, and the law play a part in creating the dramas for these shootings to occur. Don't believe the 'ol 1930 excuse of "gangs fighting for turf." It's a ruse Deputy Chief Daniels would like you to buy, but it's a fool's purchase that might convince older taxpayers conditioned on Elliot Ness movies. In this campus town, customers for drugs are endless and there is no need to battle for turf. Every drug dealer can easily collect a stable clientele for their products. As the alcohol, restaurant, retail and gasoline vendors have shown, congregating in a particular area is actually better for business.  Police should sell the "turf story" to The Station Theater, maybe they can make a nostalgic musical out of it: "North Side Story." Meanwhile, back in reality: As Deputy Chief Daniels well knows, drug dealers have zero protection under the law. Were a drug dealer to report a burglary of their property, a raid of their cash register, or a theft of their inventory, drug dealers cannot, (unlike the cigarette or alcohol vendor) dial 9-1-1 for protection. To report somebody came in and stole your stash is to confess to a crime, under current drug laws. So without the help of the law, how are drug dealers forced to do business (if you can't get a job at a dispensary in Colorado)? They take the law into their own hands, (similar to the boastful 2nd Amenders who claim they will on this website,) and use guns to settle scores. Somebody gets greedy or needy. Somebody retaliates for that greediness.  Unless a drug dealer wants burglars visiting his house every week in this Age of Prohibition, he better keep a gun and make it known he'll use it if he wants a night's rest, just as any homeowner would do with valuables in the house. (You'll notice, very rarely do people fight and argue over cigarettes and alcohol. We used to, but don't anymore since the passage of the 21st Amendment.) Another possible scenario is that the laws, and the prosecutions that result, can cost a drug dealer decades of their life in prison if caught. Obviously, nobody wants to do decades in prison for selling to willing customers. Police have been allowed to commit drug crimes to detect drug crimes, using secret informants. What police often do, (And will Chief Cobb discuss his department's use of this technique? Doubtful.) is catch somebody weak with a few grams on them, and then strike a deal: we won't revoke you or charge you if you work for us, wearing some recording equipment or using some marked cash we give you and let us watch you buy drugs from one of your friends.  It's not hard to imagine the anger and fury that's produced when sworn friends or acquaintances betray one another to the prisons. Add in the resentment families have when losing a loved one to a snitch's cowardly handiwork, and you quickly drag entire households into the feud wanting revenge. Police and prosecutors using the snitch's bribed testimony can cause neighborhood relationships to come unglued. The most likely scenario to these shootings is "people who party together one night, and then snitch on each other next day." Will the police department own it and publicly report it, if true, that what caused the gun fire at Allen Redding was because Redding was snitching for the police department? Did Redding steal drugs or drug money from one of these shooters? Those would be the real reasons for a shooting- not that people happen to be black, or a fraternity exists, or that recreational intoxicants exist.  If any of these shootings involved cocaine or heroine, by the way, you can also thank your military for insuring those products made it here safely to Champaign, Illinois. Since our 2003 occupation in Afghanistan, the poppy crop that makes heroin (90% of the world's supply of heroin comes from Afghanistan) has doubled.  Yeah, ultimately it comes down to the personal responsibility of the person having to navigate these environmental conditions. People can decide not to shoot at another, even though their best friend may be going to jail forever; or they can't make rent because somebody stole all the money off their coffee table. That's perfectly true, people can choose not to shoot. We can't hold the law, police, and prosecutors directly responsible for the actual shooting, but the community can hold law enforcement entirely responsible for creating the environment that makes these shootings more likely to occur, ...if that's what's discovered to be the case. And no, Rahm Emanuel, gun confiscation is not the answer.  Before an innocent bystander gets hit again, and if we are really praying for solutions, we might want to open our minds to legalization and get these scenarios that cause seeking revenge off the table. You don't see Scott Cochran shooting at Eric Meyer, or R.J. Reynolds warring with Phillip Morris, or Coors and Anheiser-Busch going at it. Sensible legalization might be a way to cool some tempers, regulate the products so as to be not so harmful, and have enough taxes to treat addiction if that's anybody's concern.  Prohibition helps to cause violence:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiYqFXmVAFg For better information, see Law Enforcement Against Prohibition's website:   www.leap.cc As for the effectiveness of the recent Peace March, it will probably result in no more incidents happening in that area for the rest of the summer, if not year. Prayer works, most drug dealers respect God and God's People, most drug dealers love kids, and if not, they do understand that those who showed up aren't afraid and will likely write down their license plate if anything like that happens again. Thanks to all who participated and especially Jericho Missionary Baptist for stepping up to the plate. 

rsp wrote on June 29, 2014 at 1:06 pm


Good coverage of what's going on in Chicago. What's going on there affects us whether we like it or not.

swhits279 wrote on July 07, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Allen Redding was a good friend of my son back in the 5th grade, and he was a really good kid. His mother had him take the bus every day from the north side of town to attend Barkstall Elementary school so he would have a chance to be different and make something of himself. My son was invited to his 5th grade birthday party and was the only white kid (out of like 20 at the party). He spent the night there and still recalls it as one of his fondest childhood memories.

As Allen grew up, you could see that it was hard for him to escape the pressures of his "neighborhood." But still he was alway a very friendly, happy and courteous kid whenver I would see him and he cared a lot about his mom.

Regardless of how you want to label these men, if you would have met and gotten to know Allen you'd probably have fond memories of him ... even though he got sucked into violence and a tragic end to his life. And that would probably change your perspective on this entire situation.

Quite simply, its tragic.