Pecatonica homicide leaves neighbors in shock

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PECATONICA, Ill (WIFR)--- Neighbors in Pecatonica say they aren't used to an open homicide investigation.

"Nothing like this usually happens, it's really odd," says neighbor Pamela Sutton.

"No, not here, not in Pec," says neighbor Donald Hieronimus.

Around 9:30 Thursday evening, police responded to a disturbance in a residence in the 300 block of E. 7th Street.

David Baldwin, 52, was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

"I was watching the debate on the TV, got up and noticed all the lights and stuff and I was like what's going on," says Sutton.

When police arrived to the home, they found the body of a dead man. The Winnebago County coroner released a statement calling the death suspicious in nature.

"Homicide, that's a little scary but other than that, it's normal around here, nothing too scary," says Sutton.

The homicide investigation continued through the night and into the morning alarming other neighbors.

"I seen them flashing lights and I thought what's going on," says Hieronimus.

However, community members like Sutton says this sort of thing doesn't happen in Pec and she doesn't think it will happen again.

"We have lived here for 27 years and it's been a great neighborhood, the neighbors are all quiet...when we need each other we're there," says Sutton.