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Decatur recorded its 10th homicide of 2017 when a man was found shot on Christmas Day, police said in a news release Tuesday.

Four other stories you should read are arctic weather descends on Central Illinois, Decatur Christian students travel world with pen pals, adoptions help Macon County animal shelter and two Robinson women died in traffic crash.

Coroner names Christmas Day shooting victim

The 39-year-old Decatur man killed by gunshots on Christmas night was identified as Marvin T. Murphy, Macon County Coroner Michael Day said Tuesday.

Murphy was pronounced dead at 10:58 p.m. in the emergency room at Decatur Memorial Hospital, where he was taken shortly after being found by police at a residence in the 1600 block of North 32nd Street.

The police investigation into the homicide is ongoing. Police said earlier Tuesday that they have no known suspects.

An autopsy is scheduled for this evening, Day said, and an inquest is pending.

Get ready: Deep freeze reaches into Central Illinois

With arctic conditions settling in over Central Illinois for the next several days, residents are being urged to not become numb to the dangers of cold weather.

The National Weather Service in Lincoln issued a wind-chill advisory that will last until 10 a.m. Wednesday, and those frostbite-inducing temperatures won’t warm up over the next week.

Students take geography lessons to heart with pen pals

Sarah Dodson knows people all over the world.

That's handy if you're a geography teacher, like she is, especially when it comes to giving your students firsthand knowledge of other countries.

“We're writing postcards to people across the world,” said Alexis Shew, a freshman at Decatur Christian School, where Dodson teaches. Alexis designed the postcards the students wrote to their newfound global friends. It features a globe, atop which stands a “Wandering Warrior,” and includes the school's logo. The school's mascot is the Warriors.

Adoption push empties more animal shelter kennels

The number of animals at the Macon County Animal Control and Care Center is at its lowest in while, said sheriff's Sgt. Matt Reynolds, animal control administrator.

The numbers remaining at the shelter are fewer than half of the normal population, and Reynolds said he attributes that to the Home for the Holidays foster program, the shelter's adoption program, winter weather and community education efforts.

Two Robinson women die in traffic crash

Two women from Robinson died in a single-vehicle traffic crash in Champaign County shortly before 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Illinois State Police said.

The women, 55 and 78, were passengers in a 2016 Ford Edge driven by an 81-year-old man, also from Robinson, who suffered nonlife-threatening injuries.

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