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Russell Hollis Jr.

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A Belleville man was found fatally shot in his car early Sunday.

Brooklyn Police Chief Delbert Marion was joined by the Illinois State Police and their crime scene technician in the investigation of the death of Russell Hollis Jr., 28.

Marion said Brooklyn police received a call reporting shots were fired at 5:12 a.m. at Fourth Street and Jefferson Avenue.

"When the officers reached 409 Jefferson, they spotted a maroon Chevrolet with its driver door open. As they got closer, they determined that a male driver in the front seat had been shot and appeared lifeless," Marion said.

Hollis had borrowed the 2006 Chevrolet Malibu from a family member.

Illinois State Police Sgt. Dave Wasmuth said police officers with the Brooklyn Police Department were responding to a disturbance at the nearby Pink Slip Nightclub when they heard shots around the corner.

The officers discovered Hollis' body and then blanketed the area in a search for a suspect, Wasmuth said.

"We do not know where the victim was coming from or what the motive was for the murder," he said.

The state police have a general description of a suspect and have ruled out theft as a motive for the killing, Wasmuth said.

"We hope the public who may have seen, heard or knows anything about this homicide will call the Brooklyn Police Department or Illinois State Police with information that will bring closure for the victim's family," Marion said.

Published in Belleville News-Democrat from Feb. 18 to Feb. 23, 2008
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