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Arrest announcement follows vigil for 13 year old murder victim

Dozens of friends and family members gathered in the rain to honor 13 yr old Clayton Veninga.  The vigil Thursday evening took place on the lawn where he collapsed and died after being shot in the side Wednesday night. Dozens of friends and family members gathered in the rain to honor 13 yr old Clayton Veninga. The vigil Thursday evening took place on the lawn where he collapsed and died after being shot in the side Wednesday night. Image source: Fox 2 KTVI

   Granite City police say they have made an arrest in the murder of a 13 year old boy.  

   Clayton Veninga had been sitting on a Cleveland Boulevard porch around 9:30 pm Wednesday night when he was shot.  

   Police say this suspect is an adult male who was an acquaintance of Veninga's.  No word as to what led to the shooting, but police say this was not an accidental or random act.  

   Assistant Police Chief Jeff Connor says the public has been instrumental in helping solve the crime.

   Charges are expected later this morning.  

   Earlier Thursday evening, a large group of family and friends came together for a vigil in Veninga’s honor.  They stood in the rain, some clutching umbrellas, others just getting wet, as they burned candles and shared stories about Veninga's love of sports and the promising future he no longer has.  They also offered prayers for the teen's family and for an end to violence in their community.  

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