Following a Major Case Squad investigation, a Belleville man has been arrested in the death of a Cahokia man.
Around 11:35 p.m. Friday, police found the body of Diondre Shanklin, 23, lying in the street at 43 St. Ambrose Drive. He reportedly died after being shot.
The Major Case Squad was brought in around 3 a.m. Saturday morning. Capt. Bruce Fleshren with the Major Case Squad said the team was brought in because there were very few witnesses and no leads on a suspect.
"It's a lot of leg work in trying to back track where the victim was, who he knows,” said Fleshren.
Fifteen investigators and over a 1,000 man hours were put into the investigation, according to the Major Case Squad.
Wednesday morning, investigators said Christopher Nettles, 23, was charged with murder in Shanklin’s death. His bond was set at $750,000.
The shooting happened in front of a residential home on St. Ambrose Drive, but the people who live there told News 4 that they do not have any connection to the victim.
The homeowner said, "I don't know anything about him. It's just some random act of violence."
With the murder appearing random in front of his family’s home, the homeowner decided to take it upon himself that day to make his family safer.
"I ran a couple of lights, I put a motion light up in the back and ran a couple of fog lights up there, just for safety," said the homeowner.
This is temporary relief, but this family plans to make a permanent change as well. The homeowner said they already have plans to move to Atlanta, Georgia, “…but this is kind of speeding up the process a little bit more."
Capt. Fleshren said the area usually does not see much violence.
"Cahokia [Police Department] said that this is the first murder they've had in quite a while, not only in that area but in town," said Fleshren.
Neighbor Michael Norris is discouraged to learn a murder disrupted the peace on their street.
“It’s kind of scary,” said Norris, “I just make sure everything is secure around here, my kids are straight. It's just bad for it to happen right here on the street that I stay on, right across the street."
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Major Case Squad at 618-332-4259.
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