Demonstrators Call For End To Violence In Centralia

(CENTRALIA, IL) — Braving wet snow and frigid winds, a group of demonstrators returned to the sidewalk outside Centralia City Hall Wednesday, calling for a 2015 murder to be solved and for an end to violence in the Queen City. Since the last demonstration outside City Hall in December, the man who was with 24-year-old Dustin Rhynes the night he was murdered has been arrested in Michigan where he remains awaiting extradition back to Illinois for a separate, but possibly related shooting incident. Dustin Rhynes was discovered deceased August 24, in a neighborhood alleyway in Centralia’s northeast side. Coroner’s reports indicate he died several hours prior to the discovery of his body due to injuries from a gunshot wound. At the time Dustin was shot and killed, he was reportedly with 26-year-old Charles D. Collins who managed to run from the scene and seek help at Fireside Nursing Home where employees called for an ambulance that took him to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening gunshot wounds. Less than two weeks after Dustin was killed, Collins allegedly shot 40-year-old Fernando Calcutt as the two drove by each other on on Linden near the 4th Street intersection. Calcutt suffered non-life threatening injuries and was ultimately released from the hospital. But Collins fled the area and was a wanted man until his arrest in Grand Rapids, Mich., earlier this month. Dustin’s father Kevin Rhynes previously commented that crime in Centralia is getting worse with shootings and shots fired. He’s asking for police to crack down on the situation and to further investigate his son’s death. But Rhynes noted the situation demands more from not only law enforcement, but also from the community. He says it’s time to take back the streets of Centralia. He encourages anyone with information on crimes, including his son’s murder, to come forward and tell police what they know. He reminded the public that that information involving the murder of his son can be given anonymously through Crimestoppers and that there is a cash reward that will soon be growing in relation to Dustin’s case.