On August 15, 2020, at approximately 10:09 p.m., Champaign Police responded to the parking lot of Star Fox Liquor, located at 1005 West 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 investigation indicated the victim was seated inside a parked vehicle when multiple vehicles approached the parking lot. Several individuals exited their cars, 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.
As a result of continued police investigation, on February 25, 2022, the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Johnnie Holbrook, 25, of Champaign with First-Degree Murder for his involvement in the homicide. Holbrook is presently in custody at a Correctional Center in Kankakee County on unrelated charges. Previously, on August 27, 2020, Trevoy Fonville, 26, of Champaign, was also formally arraigned on the charge of First-Degree Murder for his involvement in the homicide. Fonville remains in the custody of the Champaign County Correctional Center awaiting trial.
The Champaign Police Department would like to thank the community and the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office for their assistance during this investigation.
Although an arrest has been made, the investigation is ongoing, and anyone with additional information is asked to please contact police at 217-351-4545. Arrangements may be made for information to be shared privately. If you wish to remain anonymous you 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.