Police received a call of gunshots around 11:15 February 26 and discovered John W. Svejkosky's body moments later in the 1200 block of North 37th Street.
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It's unclear what Svejkosky was doing in the residential neighborhood.
Discussing Svejkosky's murder, East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. told the Belleville News-Democrat:
"We're always disappointed whenever we have someone killed in the city of East St. Louis. It's disheartening to see anyone killed anywhere, but I am confident that the police department will ascertain what the cause of this homicide is and hopefully find the perpetrator so that justice can be rendered to this individual's family.