EAST ST. LOUIS (AP) – East St. Louis police say a 19 year-old-man found shot to death in a field marks that city’s first slaying of 2014.
The Belleville News Democrat reports that the body of Derundarae C. Smith was found in a field Saturday afternoon.
Police say he was shot in his back, but they have no suspect or motive yet.
Police Chief Michael Floore says the Illinois State Police are helping with the investigation. He is asking for help from the community to solve the crime.
The slaying comes amid a city campaign calling for 40 days of non-violence that has included education programs such as conflict resolution.
Mayor Alvin Parks says Smith’s slaying underscores the need for the campaign.
He says police “can’t be expected to do it all.”