PEORIA (WEEK) — Family members are mourning the deaths of two brothers who were found together in a vehicle on Wednesday.
“You know, once they leave the home and out of our sight, you don’t know what these kids get into,” aunt Linda Barnes said. “You could raise your kids up to the best you know how … All I know is I just keep my faith and keep praying.”
Barnes said her nephews – 27-year-old Eric Bailey and 22-year-old Zamion Bailey – were the jokers of the family.
She said they always had smiles on their faces and always wanted to make friends and family members laugh.
“I don’t care what they’ve done or whatever – they were our kids … There was nothing they wouldn’t do for you,” Barnes said.
“Early Wednesday night, the two brothers were both found dead in a vehicle near the intersection of Arrowhead Lane and Idaho Street, just west of Sterling Middle School.
An autopsy shows they had both been shot multiple times.
“I feel hurt, I feel sad and I feel confused … Who did this to them? When and why did they do this?” grandmother Annie Jackson said.
Jackson says the family had lost her son just a few years ago, and since then, the brothers always put their family first.
Jackson said it was never more than a day that she wouldn’t hear from one of them, so when a few days passed this week with no phone call, she knew something was wrong.
“They’d always tell me – ‘Grandma, we love you.’ And I’d always tell them to be careful,” Jackson said. “But what’s going on with other things, I don’t know. What was going on with them, I really don’t know.”
Family members say they are looking for justice and answers, while police say an investigation is still underway.
Police are encouraging anyone with information to contact the Peoria Police Department, or CrimeStoppers anonymously.
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