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City on edge after THIRD mother is found shot dead this month: Reports

A woman was found fatally shot in the neck in Illinois on Sunday—marking the third unsolved murder in the city in the past month, according to reports.

KTVI reports that Amanda Legare, 38, was found dead on the side of the road near the intersection of Jefferson and Belleville Avenues in East St. Louis. Her family told the news station that four of Legare’s five children live in Michigan and that Legare had moved to Belleville to care for her sick mother.

It’s currently unknown how long Legare was there before her body was discovered. She’s reportedly the third woman who has been found shot dead in Metro East St. Louis in recent weeks.

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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Illinois State Police are also investigating the deaths of two women, Sandra Reckmann, 49, and Bridgett Williams, 56, who were found fatally shot 24 hours apart from one another in Washington Park.

According to the news outlet, Reckmann’s body was discovered on July 9 in overgrown vegetation on the 1600 block of 56th Street. The following day, police reportedly found Williams’ body in John Thornton Memorial Park.

Police told the newspaper that Reckmann and Williams were “known to frequent” the Washington Park area.

While it’s immediately known whether the three shootings are linked, Illinois State Police Lieutenant Calvin Brown revealed to the Post-Dispatch that they’re investigating for a possible connection. No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information regarding the three unsolved slayings should contact Illinois State Police Special Agent Derek Weh at 618-346-3760 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.

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[Featured image: Amanda Legare/KTVI video screengrab]