2 Murders, 3 other shootings on the heels of 'Stop the Violence' rally in East St. Louis - KMOV.com

2 Murders, 3 other shootings on the heels of 'Stop the Violence' rally in East St. Louis

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- The Memorial Day Weekend has been filled with violence in East St. Louis.

A man was shot and killed at a barbecue on Saturday. Another man was shot and killed early Sunday morning walking between bars. And about an hour later, 3 people were shot at a market.

All the violence follows the “Stop the Violence” rally in East St. Louis on Friday featuring the parents of Trayvon Martin.

News 4 asked Mayor Alvin Parks if the recent violence has been disheartening.

“It's not disheartening, but what you have is frustration,” said Parks. “Because obviously the right people are not getting the message.”

The Saturday shooting at a barbecue on Brady Avenue took the life of John Haley. 

Early Sunday morning, 47-year-old Jimmy Dotson of O’Fallon, Illinois, was shot and killed while walking between bars on N. 6th Street.

About an hour later, 3 people were shot at the drive-through at a market on 15th and Missouri. One of the victims was seriously injured, but as of Sunday night all 3 were in stable condition.

On Sunday afternoon, the family of Jimmy Dotson had placed flowers and a teddy bear where he was murdered.  Someone had written his name in the dirt on the side of the road.

“And now his family is missing him for the rest of their lives,” Mayor Parks said. “And that is extremely frustrating.” 

East St. Louis Police said they were not able to gather much information concerning Dotson’s murder. The police and Mayor Parks are asking for the public’s help. 

“Support them. Give them the information they need," Parks said. "Forget about this thing of 'no snitching,' that's crazy. I guess the time when it really matters to someone is when they lose a loved one.”

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