Friends of shooting victim ask for answers

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Police continue to look for answers a week after a deadly shooting. 

Arnold Hopkins, who friends knew as Farris, was shot and killed in his home on Lawndale Drive near Westfield on October 14. Since then, police have called the shooting targeted, asking for surveillance video and witnesses from the area to come forward. Now friends and family are speaking out, too.  

Shana Jackson, who had a child with Hopkins, says he was a family man loved by many. Police don’t think his death is gang-related, and neither does she. Jackson says Hopkins wasn’t involved with gangs. She’s speaking out in hopes someone comes forward with information about his death.  

“His kids need him. His family needs him. We need him,” she said, urging witnesses to come forward. “Just anything. Don’t be afraid. Just do the right thing. Sometimes doing the right thing will go a long way. We will always love him. We will continue to honor his name, and we will miss him.” 

If you have information, you can contact Champaign Police at 217-351-4545. If you want to remain anonymous, you can use Crime Stoppers by submitting tips by phone at 217-373-8477 (TIPS), online at or with the “P3 Tips” mobile app.

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