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Murder Investigation in Galesburg

Aug 18, 2014

Charges against a Chicago man were upgraded after the Galesburg man he allegedly stabbed died.

Galesburg police say anyone who can help them catch Christopher Croom should call them at 309-343-9151 or call Galesburg Area Crime Stoppers at 888-266-0044.
Credit City of Galesburg

Christopher Croom, 29, is accused of First Degree Murder and Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon.  He’s wanted on a Knox County arrest warrant that carries a $1 million bail.

Galesburg police say witnesses told them Croom stabbed Melvin Buckner, 49, in the front yard of a home in the 500 block of West Brook Street late Wednesday night, August 13.

Buckner was taken in a private car to Galesburg Cottage Hospital. He was later transferred to OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, where he died Sunday evening.