Victim's Family Reacts to Daytime Murder

By Ashley McNamee

December 16, 2010 Updated Dec 16, 2010 at 9:27 PM CDT

Family members of Peoria's latest homicide victim are speaking out as police search for Tudrome Cobretti Banks' killer.

The daytime shooting on the city's North side rattled the neighborhood and the family of the 21-year-old victim.

"I don't know, I wish I could talk to him right now," said Herbert Banks, the victim's father.

Banks' father says he has more questions than answers one day after his son was gunned down in a North Peoria neighborhood.

Herbert Banks says all he knows is what his son's girlfriend, who was inside the car during the shooting, says happened.

"He stopped and when he pulled over, that is when they started shooting him," said Banks, 42.

He says the men hanging out the window of the dark blue sedan pulled up next to his son's car and shot at him nine or ten times, striking him once in the temple. He says his son had been in jail before for minor drug and traffic offenses, but that he was a good kid and that this was senseless crime.

"These kids are killing people over girls," said Banks. "Yes, that is what I think happened. Over a female."

Peoria Police say there has been a slight increase in shootings over the last month, but they say these crimes are rarely random.

"At the time of his death, Banks was the suspect in a shooting we received in July in the East Bluff," said Peoria Police Capt. Mike Scally. "It could possibly be related to that, I am not sure what the motive was."

Captain Scally says while recent shootings targeted specific people, it doesn't mean the general public is safe.

"A bullet does not have a name on it and people are shooting out of moving vehicles like that," he said. "A house was struck at random, thank god no one inside was hurt."

Banks' father says he and his family have little hope the police will find justice for his son.

"My son is gone and retaliation isn't going to bring him back, but out here in these streets, you do something to somebody, and somebody is going to do something to you," he said.

Banks' says all he can take comfort in now is that during his son's short life he was loved by many.

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