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Godfrey trustee shot and killed in Alton

Eldon "Twirp" Williams

MADISON COUNTY, Ill. - Police say an 87-year-old Alton man was shot to death Tuesday morning.

According to police, the shooting happened in the 200 block of West Delmar Avenue just before noon.

The victim, identified as Eldon "Twirp" Williams, was found dead inside the residence. Williams had worked as a real estate agent and served as a member of the Godfrey Village Board of Trustees.

Police said a person of interest was in custody.

Investigators said the circumstances surrounding the shooter were unclear. The Alton Police Department will release information as it becomes available.

Alton Mayor Brant Walker issued the following statement late Tuesday afternoon:

I, and the members of my administration, join the entire community in mourning the tragic loss of Godfrey Trustee Eldon “Twirp” Williams in what appears to be a senseless random act of violence. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and offer our prayers during this difficult time.

“Twirp” dedicated his life to serving Godfrey and the Riverbend, and his death is both shocking and heartbreaking. Rest assured, the dedicated detectives and police officers of the Alton Police Department will use every resource available to bring the individual or individuals responsible for this heinous act to justice. We will not tolerate such violence in our community, and we will use every tool we have to ensure that justice is served for “Twirp.”