Three DeKalb residents charged with first-degree murder for July 4 shooting


Kierra Frazier, Reporter

DeKALB — Three DeKalb residents are being charged with first-degree murder after a fatal Fourth of July shooting at FasMart gas station, 933 S. Fourth St. An arrest warrant was also issued Thursday for an Aurora man believed to have fired the gun.  

At 1:50 p.m. on July 4, DeKalb police arrived at FasMart where two people were shot. Chrishun Keeler-Tyus, 29, was transported to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital where he was pronounced dead, and the second victim didn’t sustain life threatening injuries, according to the release. 

Jimmy Edwards, 32, and Katrina Edwards, 35, both of DeKalb, were charged with the murder of Keeler-Tyus. Katrina is also being charged with obstructing justice, according to a July 10 City of DeKalb news release

Wednesday, an arrest warrant was issued for 22-year-old Esaiah Escamilla, of Aurora. He is the suspect believed to have fatally shot Keeler-Tyus, according to the release. Escamilla has ties to the Aurora, Plano and Montgomery areas, police said.

Thursday, DeKalb police arrested and charged Emanuel Edwards, 26, for first-degree murder, according to a July 16 City of DeKalb news release

Keeler-Tyus was inside FasMart when he and Katrina had a disagreement, she then called her husband, Jimmy, to assist her at the gas station, according to the release. As Keeler-Tyus walked back to his car, Jimmy and Escamilla arrived at the scene in separate vehicles. Multiple shots were fired from Escamilla, according to the release.

Emanuel is believed to have been driving the vehicle Escamilla was riding in, which was later found in Aurora by police, according to the release. 

On July 10, an additional arrest was made for Annette Romano, 49, of DeKalb, for obstructing justice, according to the release. The vehicle that was used by Escamilla and Emanuel was registered to Romano. Romano was released from the DeKalb County Jail after posting bond. 

Wednesday, bail was set at $750,000 for Katrina and $1 million for Jimmy, according to court records. They each would have to pay 10% of that set amount to get out of jail. Once released, they would be ordered to electric home monitoring. 

Emanuel is scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. July 21. An arraignment hearing for Katrina and Jimmy is set for 8:45 a.m. July 29, according to court documents.