Moline police trace crime scene of unsolved homicide


MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) – Halloween marks the third anniversary of the death of 22-year-old Corey Harrell Junior, who was found in the parking lot of Moline town hall.

Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities is offering a $ 10,000 reward to anyone with information to help solve the case. As part of an effort to encourage tipping, TV6 Investigates accompanied Moline Police to revisit the crime scene – where it began and where it ended – as part of a three-part series. on the case.

The first part featured Harrell’s family remembering him in life and talking about the aftermath of the case.

At around 10 a.m. on October 31, 2018, police said Corey Harrell Junior was driving alone in his silver minivan on 23rd Street in Moline when a black four-door SUV pulled up behind him.

Harrell then took a left onto River Drive, toward a major intersection, where police said gunshots had started being fired at his vehicle.

Due to witnesses to the scene, including construction workers who were building the I-74 bridge at the time, police know that Harrell continued on River Drive, taking a southbound turn on Nineteenth Street with the SUV still chasing him and firing shots.

Harrell then turned west onto Seventh Avenue, where police said storefront cameras may have captured the vehicles, but very minimal footage was recovered due to the speed of the cars.

It was on Seventh Avenue that police said they believed the suspicious vehicle fired the shots that claimed Corey Harrell Jr.’s life, knocking him off the street and into the City Hall parking lot. de Moline, where his van was stopped by a parked car.

Harrell was pronounced dead at the scene, with the autopsy later revealing that he had died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Moline Police Department provided TV6 Investigates with a close-up image of Harrell’s van once it was found in the town hall parking lot.

Corey Harrell Junior crime scene(KWQC)

The rear window of the vehicle was shot, along with several other bullet holes visible on the car’s bumper.

The route taken by the death car chase was a very public space in Moline. According to police, witnesses to this incident have not yet come forward.

Police say they hope someone’s memory will be refreshed when they see the details of the route, the map and the photo of the evidence that will help them bring this case to a close and persecute the person (s) responsible.

They released the names of three people interested in the investigation on Wednesday morning. These names are Thomas Elijah Hughes, 21, Alonzo Cole, 23, and Preston Orr, 25.

Police are asking anyone with more information to call Crime Stoppers at 309-762-9500 or download the P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app. All councils can remain anonymous.

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