Coroner identifies homicide victims


DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — The names of the three men found dead inside a home have been released.

65-year-old Nathaniel Gentry, 60-year-old Anthony Jones, and 67-year-old Cordell Reed were killed. Police are investigating the triple homicide. They found their bodies around 11:00 a.m. Thursday in a house on the corner of Elm and Cherry Street.

All Three men were from Danville. Pain is what their friends are feeling when they found out what happened. Ed Butler says, “It’s just unbelievable. It hurts. It really does. We have some people that just don’t care about anything to do something like this.”

As police continue to investigate, those who knew them are left confused, questioning why this happened and how they were killed.

Frank McCullough says, “We want justice and we want them to know that whoever did the crime won’t be tolerated here in the city of Danville.” McCullough is the pastor of the church right around the corner. He’s known these men his whole life. He says, “I went to school with one of them, one of them plays piano at my church, and the other is a neighborhood caretaker who is always around.”

Police are still working to find out who did this. Nobody has been arrested yet. That’s leaving their families and friends waiting for answers. Butler says, “We all grew up together in this town and then for this to happen with every breath in our body we will make sure that we get justice for this.”

Autopsies are scheduled for Friday morning. The coroner won’t release the causes of their deaths until then.

Danville Police, Illinois State Police and the coroner’s office are continuing to investigate what happened. If anyone has information about this, call the Danville Police or Crime Stoppers at (217) 446-TIPS.

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