Teens sought after 15-year-old Galesburg shooting victim dies

Police said they were searching for two teenagers in connection with the shooting death of another teen in Galesburg, Illinois.

Initial information indicated one person was injured during a shooting that was reported in the area of Holton Street and Monmouth Blvd. just before 9 p.m. Sunday, December 22, 2013.

Police later said the victim, 15-year-old Javon Butler of Galesburg, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Family and friends tell us that Butler, a sophomore at Galesburg High School was a aspiring rapper and a played basketball.

“He was a very great basketball player. He was actually very very smart. They pretty much just stripped him from his dreams, his potential,” said Labardae Ferguson, Butler’s cousin.

Galesburg Police said Monday, December 23, that arrest warrants were issued for two Galesburg teens wanted in connection with Butler’s death.

A warrant for Brandon James Kenney, 18, accused him of first-degree murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm.  Bond on that warrant was set at one-million dollars.

A warrant for Alex Robert Horton, 18, accused him of possession of a firearm by a felon.  Bond on that warrant was set at $250,000.

Kenney and Horton were not in custody as of Monday afternoon, December 23.  Anyone with information about them is asked to contact Galesburg Police at (309) 343-9151 or Galesburg Area Crime Stoppers at (309) 344-0044.

Family say Butler’s life was cut too short and they’re not sure if they will ever have their questions answered.

“Everybody liked him. He was only 15 years old. It’s sad that I wont ever get to talk to my cousin again or see him again,” said Ferguson.

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