Mayor cracks down on liquor sales after 2 killings -

Mayor cracks down on liquor sales after 2 killings

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- Two weekend killings near East St. Louis nightclubs are prompting the city's mayor to order that local bars and liquor stores temporarily halt alcohol sales at 1 a.m..

Alvin Parks Jr. made the move Saturday after 29-year-old Terrell Seay of East St. Louis was killed after a fight outside Club 2151 and 23-year-old Anthony Rice of Bethalto man was run over and killed near the City Nights club.

Parks says the liquor licenses of both clubs have been immediately suspended.

East St. Louis and Illinois State Police are investigating the killings.

Parks says he plans to meet Wednesday with owners of area liquor stores and clubs to discuss security and hours after the two deaths early Saturday.

Parks says deadly violence near the clubs is generally uncommon.

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