Chicago Sun-Times

‘He’s not a mon­ster,’ Chicago fam­ily says of fresh­man charged in shoot­ing on West­ern Illi­nois cam­pus

- BY DAVID STRUETT, CST WIRE RE­PORTER dstruett@sun­times.com | @dstru312 Crime · Incidents · University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign · Illinois · Cook County · Peoria, IL · Chicago Police Department · LinkedIn · Starbucks · Western Illinois University · Englewood · Macomb, IL · Phillips Academy · McDonough County

The charges against a col­lege fresh­man ac­cused of shoot­ing an­other stu­dent at West­ern Illi­nois Univer­sity are out of line with his char­ac­ter, a fam­ily spokesman said Thurs­day.

Kavion Po­plous is a “godly child” and “he’s not a mon­ster,” fam­ily spokesman Darryl Smith said Thurs­day.

Smith has been talk­ing with Po­plous’ mother since the shoot­ing late Tues­day, which univer­sity of­fi­cials said stemmed from a “room­mate dispute.”

Po­plous, 18, of En­gle­wood, is charged with at­tempted first-de­gree mur­der, ag­gra­vated bat­tery and ag­gra­vated dis­charge of a firearm in McDonough County.

Smith said the Po­plous fam­ily is “tightknit” and has re­tained an at­tor­ney for Po­plous’ ex­tra­di­tion hear­ing in Cook County.

The shoot­ing hap­pened about 10:30 p.m. Tues­day in the Thomp­son Hall dorm on West­ern Illi­nois Univer­sity’s main cam­pus in Ma­comb, a town about 70 miles west of Peo­ria.

The 18-year-old shoot­ing vic­tim un­der­went surgery for a gun­shot wound.

Po­plous turned him­self in to Chicago po­lice Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. He came back to Chicago “be­cause he was scared,” Smith said.

“He came home and turned him­self in — which takes courage,” Smith said.

Po­plous’ LinkedIn page said he’s worked at Star­bucks part time and grad­u­ated from Wen­dell Phillips Academy High School. He is study­ing busi­ness, mar­ket­ing and man­age­ment.

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