Downstate murder suspects may be in Chicago, authorities say; ‘We’re getting more help than we normally do’

Police in downstate Decatur believe that two men wanted for a murder in their town may be in Chicago.

Arrion McClelland, 24, was killed when someone opened fire during a large street gathering in Decatur, a town of about 70,000 people east of Springfield, on August 14.

“We’re getting more help [from witnesses] than we normally do,” Detective Sgt. Steve Carroll told local reporters after the murder.

Kyle Escoe (left) and Omari Walker | Decatur Police Department

First-degree murder charges were filed against one man, Dionte A. Robinson, four days after the shooting. But two other men, Omari C. Walker and Kyle Escoe, both 18, are being sought on first-degree murder warrants, Lt. Scott Rosenbery said in a media statement. Investigators believe the men, who both have links to Chicago, may have returned here.

Information about Escoe or Walker can be shared with Decatur police at 217-424-2711 or Crimestoppers at 217-423-8477.

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