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Mayor addresses improving safety after body found in alley

Mayor addresses improving safety after body found in alley

The victim found in a Springfield alley is sparking changes with the police department and the city.

Mayor Jim Langfelder said after City Council ended that public safety could soon improve.

Tuesday, some aldermen debated how the victim was not found during the initial search Thursday night.

Now the mayor is addressing these concerns. The body of 20-year-old Matthew Blakey was found 10 hours later Friday morning.

Mayor Langfelder said it could be in part due to the communication between residents, dispatch, and police. He said they're working to improve how the public shares information with officials, and how to make sure callers are comfortable

Police mentioned to NewsChannel 20, they hope to go to every resident who calls in about shots fired.

"This is one area of time,” said Mayor Langfelder. “We're concerned if there's violence in any area of Springfield, so how can we better work together to make sure it's a safe neighborhood wherever we live."

The Sangamon County coroner's office said the victim died within seconds of his gunshot wound. The mayor said after this incident, they'll look at the 911 call process and try to make it better when it comes to full communication between residents, dispatch, and police. Police are still investigating this homicide but still need your help. You can call the Detective Bureau or Crime-stoppers.

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