2017 Cold Case: The murder of Gus Edwards


2017 Cold Case: The murder of Gus Edwards

UPDATE: An arrest was made in this case, police citing "Cold Case" in helping identify the suspect.

The purpose of longtime C-U news reporter Carol Vorel’s new podcast series — Cold Case — is to shed light on unsolved crimes.

Anyone with information about the 2017 death of Gus Edwards can call Champaign police Detective Patrick Funkhouser at 217-403-6951 or the Champaign Police Department at 217-351-4545.

Also, remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers of Champaign County at 217-373-TIPS, 373tips.com, or via the P3 Tips mobile app.


Nearly a year after his brother was gunned down on a northwest Champaign street, Richard Edwards remains hopeful there will be a break in the case.

"We would love closure," he said.

Gus Edwards (left), an affable 53-year-old, was shot to death at the corner of Beardsley and Elm in a residential neighborhood about a block north of Spalding Park on Aug, 3, 2017. But despite mounds of evidence, an arrest has not been made.

"If you know something, just call police and get with the detective. Just do the right thing," Richard Edwards (below, at the scene of the crime) said. "If it was your family, you would want the same thing,"

Champaign police Detective Patrick Funkhouser said the driver jumped out of the car, went up to Mr. Edwards and fired several shots. one bullet striking him in the head. The gunman got back into the car and drove off.

Police collected evidence and statements and seized the Buick (below) the shooter drove. Funkhouser said police have a person of interest but more information is needed to make an arrest.

"At the moment, what we don't have is a case that the Champaign County State's Attorney is certain is a slam dunk case in court," Funkhouser said.

Police are hoping to interview a possible eye-witness to the shooting: a man who crossed paths with Mr. Edwards seconds before he was gunned down. There is video of the encounter at news-gazette.com.

Meanwhile, family of Mr. Edwards continues to wait.

"Gus was just an all-around good guy," said his brother, Charles Davidson. "We all struggle with things, that's life. But he didn't deserve to get shot in the way he did."

Said Funkhouser (above): "Now is the time for people to step up. If you decide you're going to let the criminals control your neighborhood, you become a slave to fear."

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