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A second suspect has been charged in an April 24 homicide in Collinsville.
Collinsville Police stated in a news release 18-year-old Jason O. Jerez-Hooker turned himself in Wednesday on charges including two counts of first-degree murder and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Bond was set by the court at $5 million.
Jerez-Hooker is the second person to be charged in the shooting death of Vaeden J. Hawkes. On Friday, charges of first-degree murder, aggravated use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a stolen firearm were filed against Isaiah T. Jenkins, 16, also of Collinsville.
Jenkins is also held on $5 million bail and will stand trial as an adult. With two individuals now charged, police stated in the release all individuals of interest have been identified.
“Over the course of this investigation, we have received multiple inquiries about the ‘4th individual at large’ mentioned in our initial press release,” the release states. “Jerez-Hooker was that individual, and at this time all individuals directly involved in the homicide of Vaeden Hakes, or who were witnesses, have been identified.”
Officers were dispatched about 7 p.m April 24 to the 200 block of North Seminary to a call of shots fired. Upon their arrival, officers observed a person with gunshots on the sidewalk..
Collinsville paramedics attempted life-saving procedures, but were unsuccessful. The Madison County Coroner pronounced the victim dead at the scene of the incident. He was later identified as Hawkes, according to charging documents.
Charging documents filed in the case against Jenkins read that Jenkins discharged a firearm, striking Hawkes in the body, causing his death. The firearm allegedly used in the crime, a Glock 9mm handgun, was allegedly found to be stolen. Jenkins was also too young to possess such a weapon in public.