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Info on Murder Victim's Drinking Pals Sought

The 43-year-old man, stabbed multiple times sometime between late Sunday night and early Monday morning, has been identified as Jarrod W. Marks.

The man found stabbed to death near Bicentennial Park had been seen earlier in the evening drinking in a nearby parking lot, and now Joliet police are hoping to track down the people he was with, Cmdr. Brian Benton said.

Jarrod W. Marks, 43, originally from South Dakota, had been living with relatives in Joliet for the last few weeks, Benton said. 

Police have been told that Marks was seen with several people Sunday night, hours before his body was discovered at about 6 a.m. Monday on a Bluff Street sidewalk, near Marion Street and not far from the far southern end of Bicentennial Park.

Marks had been stabbed several times, but police know of no motive for the murder, Benton said. It's believed he was killed sometime late Sunday night and early Monday morning.

Although he was currently unemployed, according to Benton, online records show Marks started a company in Sisseton, S.D., in 2008 through which he did secretarial work and typing for document preparation. The phone number to that company is no longer in service.

According to his Facebook page, Marks graduated from Sisseton High School in 1987 and at some point worked for the Dakota Magic Casino in Hankison, N.D. It also listed that he was single and interested in men.

Police had had recent contact with Marks when an officer conducted a "field interview" with him, but no arrest was made and Benton said he did not know why the officer spoke with him.

Anyone with information on who Marks might have been with on Sunday night or any other details on the case is asked to call the Joliet Police Department's investigative unit at 815-724-3020 or Crimestoppers of Will County at 800-323-6734. Tips can also be submitted via text message by texting “WILLCOCS” and TIP to 274637.

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Robert Hernandez May 08, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Everygreen is not the major problem anymore and the city continues to spend millions on a losing battle with HUD .People just need to request the crime stats instead of assumming or listening to the cathedral association .The worst crime area is now lois place apartments off larkin and black roads.There are more police calls and arrests at that location then any other place in the city!
Tim Rollins May 08, 2013 at 11:54 PM
I first met Jarrod in 1989 and we became fast friends. We lost contact when he moved from Minneapolis back to Sisseton, SD in the late '90's. I guess he felt safer there than in the big city. We began communicating via Facebook late last year. It was so great to hear from him. The last time we talked in April, I asked him if he had gone to any of the clubs in Chicago, but he said he was afraid of going to Chicago and I had to agree with him. I mean, 40 miles from the infamous "Southside" of Chicago, we both thought he'd be safe. Who would've thought that he may have been safer in downtown Chicago than in downtown Joliet?!?! He was a very kind-hearted person and very trusting...obviously too trusting. He was planning on coming up to Minneapolis in late June for a week. I'm not sure what to think or feel. I feel so grateful that we had reconnected after so long. He leaves many friends here in Minneapolis who thought very highly of him. He blessed our lives and I pray that God will bless his soul. Love you, Jarrod...now you can rest in peace.
Bob May 09, 2013 at 01:52 PM
If the courts would let law enforcement do their jobs Joliet would be a safer place, but since the Supreme court will not let officers break up a group of individuals because they call it lawful assembly the police have no recourse to stop and investigate without Jessie and Al calling it profiling.....
stacie May 10, 2013 at 03:28 PM
rest in peace Jarrod and whoever did this to you I hope is caught and justice served.
Rose May 15, 2013 at 05:10 AM
I would jus like to pay my respects to his family i knew him cuz were from the same rez i was sad to hear about this cuz i had jus seen him before he left he was a very kind hearted person i hope that whoever did this gets what they deserve pretty sure if it was their family they would be wanting justice and if they didn't have family then well it'll be a relief for them to be off the streets he left the only place he knew as home an everyone knew him an went to unfamiliar territory an got killed... U will be forever missed

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