CHICAGO — In a story April 17 about the fatal shooting of two people at a party in Peoria, The Associated Press erroneously reported that authorities hadn’t released the name of a 16-year-old suspect. Prosecutors did release his name, Jermontay Brock, after he was charged as an adult in one of the shooting deaths.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Chicago family prepares for Bradley student’s funeral
Family members are finalizing funeral details for a Bradley University student from Chicago who was shot dead at an off-campus party
CHICAGO — Family members are finalizing funeral details for a Bradley University student from Chicago who was shot dead at an off-campus party.
Nasjay Murry’s funeral will be held this weekend in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The 18-year-old was the oldest of three siblings and had two stepsisters, according to her father, Tarrano Murry. She was a freshman studying biomedical science at the university in Peoria and dreamed of being the first doctor in the family, he said.
“I wish there was a way I could just finish what she was studying,” her father said. “I know it’s kind of hard but I wish one of my other kids could follow what she was doing, but it’s up to them.”
The April 8 shooting also killed 22-year-old Peoria native Anthony Polnitz. A 16-year-old suspect, Jermontay Brock of Peoria, has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder in Polnitz’s death. Prosecutors said the investigation was ongoing.
Murry graduated from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School. Principal David Narain said Murry was quiet and would often do homework at school long after classes ended. He recalled having conversations with her about how she could impact her community on the South Side.
Murry was accepted to several colleges, including Brown University, an Ivy League school in Rhode Island, but decided to attend Bradley to stay near family.
But she didn’t take herself too seriously, said April Hill, Murry’s cousin. Hill said her cousin was a “ball of fun” who would sing, dance and joke around.
“She didn’t deserve this at all,” Tarrano Murry said. “She was just beginning her life, her new life. For someone to take it for their drama . it’s just the hardest part.”