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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KSDK) - The East St. Louis Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating two men wanted for a murder that took place earlier in the month.

According to police, James "Petey" Sparks was gunned down April 21 outside a home in the 600 block of N. 84th Street in East St. Louis.

Following a brief investigation, detectives identified two suspects: Ronald Witherspoon and Mario Conrad, both 33 years of age. Warrants were not on file, but authorities established reasonable grounds to justify arresting both men.

Witherspoon is known to frequent the Edgemont area and also St. Louis. Conrad is known to hang around Edgemont as well.

Anyone with information on the suspects' whereabouts is asked to contact the East St. Louis Police Department at 618-482-6750.