CHAMPAIGN — A former FedEx manager who friends said was “a great person” who “made everyone laugh” has become the 13th person to die this year as a result of gun violence in Champaign.
Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Thursday that Acarrie L. Ingram-Triner, 19, of Rantoul was pronounced dead at 11:04 p.m. Wednesday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. An autopsy was performed Thursday.
A release from Champaign police said at 10:37 p.m., officers responded to a report of shots fired with injuries in the 200 block of Kenwood Road. Upon arrival, they found Ms. Ingram-Triner with a gunshot wound to her lower neck. Preliminary investigation revealed that the shooting stemmed from a dispute in the courtyard area of an apartment complex.
According to her Facebook page, Ms. Ingram-Triner left West Chicago High School in 2017 and enrolled at Rantoul Township High in December of that year. Principal Todd Wilson said she attended there her freshman and sophomore years.
Noeloni Franklin, a friend of Ms. Ingram-Triner’s, said she was fun to be around.
“She had a beautiful smile. She made everyone laugh, even when you didn’t want to,” Franklin said. “Many people say when she walked in the room, expect to leave laughing by the time she walked out.”
Franklin said Ms. Ingram-Triner was passionate about her music “and wanting to love those who needed it most.”
Another friend, Gloryah Barnes, called her “a great person” who loved to laugh and enjoyed rapping and making music.
“She cared a lot for people,” Barnes said. “She always stood up for the people she loved, even if they were in the wrong. She loved to cook and make random foods. I will miss her dearly.”
Ms. Ingram-Turner’s death is the 13th this year in Champaign involving gun violence. The shooting is the 216th confirmed incidence of shots fired in the city this year.
Police ask that anyone with additional information or security-camera footage to contact them at 217-351-4545. Arrangements can be made for information to be shared privately. Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact Champaign County Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477, 373tips.com or via the free “P3 Tips” mobile app.