UPDATE: As a result of continued police investigation, the Champaign Police Department has presented information to the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office resulting in the filing of criminal charges related to this investigation. On August 27, 2020, Trevoy Fonville, 24, of Champaign, will be formally arraigned on the charge of First-Degree Murder for his reported involvement in the death of Christopher Kelly on August 15. Fonville is currently in the custody of the Champaign County Correctional Center for an unrelated crime.
On August 15, 2020, at approximately 10:09 p.m., Champaign Police responded to the parking lot of a local business in the 1000 block of Bloomington Road for a reported shooting. Upon arrival, officers discovered a 23-year-old male, identified as Christopher Kelly, suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound. The victim was rushed to a local hospital but succumbed to his injuries a short time later.
The preliminary investigation indicates the victim was seated inside a parked vehicle when multiple vehicles approached the parking lot. Several individuals got out of their car and an argument ensued, resulting in gunfire and the victim being mortally wounded. More than 40 shell casings of gunfire were discovered at the crime scene, and multiple cars were heavily damaged. A gun was recovered from the scene, and several cars were observed fleeing the scene.
Although an arrest has been made, the investigating remains ongoing, and anyone who has additional information about this incident is asked to please contact police at 217-351-4545. Arrangements can be made for information to be shared privately. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may also submit tips to Crime Stoppers by phone at: 217-373-8477 (TIPS); online at 373tips.com; or the “P3 Tips” mobile app.
Champaign Police reminds citizens that information submitted to Crime Stoppers is completely anonymous. Calls are routed to a third-party national call center that receives your information, completes a tips information form, and then passes the information to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Caller ID tracking is not utilized by Crime Stoppers and conversations are not recorded.
All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.