Former football star dead in weekend shooting


Reporter - Kendall Downing

CARBONDALE, Ill. - Police in Carbondale, Illinois have narrowed their search for a suspect in a weekend shooting that left a former Marion High School football star dead.

The shooting happened at the intersection of Giant City Road and East Grand in Carbondale around 2:45 Saturday morning.

Police tell us multiple shots were fired into a vehicle from another vehicle. Both were traveling the same direction. A bullet hit 20-year-old Toren Stanley, who later died at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Carbondale Police tell Local 6 there is a suspect in mind, and the suspect and Toren Stanley knew each other.

Luke Standiford has lived at the corner of Giant City and Grand for three years. But now he's a little uneasy, because the spray paint from the shooting scene is steps away from his front door.

"It was pretty quick, like bang bang bang bang," said Standiford.

Standiford didn't go to the door, but the scene didn't stay there long.

Carbondale Police confirm shots were fired from one vehicle to another. 20-year-old Toren Stanley was a passenger in one of the cars and got hit.

Family members told Local 6 he was shot in the head.

The other two people in the car drove him to the hospital where he died.

"He was really enthusiastic, energetic type of kid," said Kerry Martin.

Martin coached Stanley in football at Marion High School. Stanley played defensive back and running back.

"He could turn a game around in a hurry," said Martin.

Martin said the 20-year-old carried that all-star spirit off the field, too. He can't believe a young life ended so quickly at a busy street corner.

Family and friends will hold a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. at Ray Fosse Park in Marion Monday evening.