Jeremiah Ward

WTVP

PEORIA -- Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis said police and city leaders need the community to help stand up against violence.

PEORIA -- Peoria Police Chief Loren Marion said a lack of cooperation from people with information is hindering the investigation into the shooting death of 4-year-old Jeremiah Ward. 

Marion said Thursday that community involvement is vital for police trying to solve crimes. 

"We still have individuals that are not cooperating with the police, and that is what is frustrating for me and the detectives and the officers of the police department that we have a dead 4-year-old, and people are not coming forward," he said. 

Peoria Police and city leaders are calling for anyone who knows anything about the murder of Jeremiah Ward Monday to come forward.

Police and members of the Peoria Community Against Violence (PCAV) group did an extensive canvas Tuesday of the West Ann neighborhood where the 4 year-old was shot.