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Mother seeks justice, police investigation

July 2, 2014

My name is Danielle Hillman. I am writing on behalf of my son, Joshua J. Steines, who is a minor. Joshua’s dad, Michael J. Steines, was a victim of a fatal hit-and-run accident that occurred on the early morning of Aug. 30, 2012. Michael was struck by a 2006 Oldsmobile Alero (with an unknown number of occupants) and killed while walking home from a Hed PE show that took place at Bar 3 in downtown Rockford. He was struck on the corner of South Second Street and Oak Street, and was hit so hard that his body was found at South Second Street and Grove Street and was dismembered. The car was found unoccupied a couple of blocks away. His injuries were so severe that we had to have him cremated. It’s going on two years since he was murdered, and there have been no arrests made. When status of his case was checked on by a sibling, we were astounded by what we were told. The detective that was on his case had retired around six months after Michael’s murder, and the new detective knew nothing of the case. This led us to believe that his case has not been investigated in close to a year. Said detective had informed us that the state’s attorney had seen no probable cause to pursue the case. Upon speaking with the state’s attorney, we were informed that there was more than enough probable cause for an arrest.

Justice needs to be served! Michael’s three children (ages 7, 12 and 17) need closure. Michael was a father, brother, uncle, nephew and a friend. His family and friends are begging that this case be pursued. With having the owner’s car and witnesses, there is no reason that nothing has been done yet. Family and friends have checked into the City of Rockford’s unsolved murder cases and saw that there are 19 unsolved murders listed, but his case was not listed. Michael’s police report shows cause of death as homicide, so it should have fallen under that category. As the mother of Michael’s son, I would like to see someone behind bars for what they have done. His kids need to know that the person responsible is in jail. We feel that if this case is not solved, that his children will lose faith in the justice system. Please put yourselves in our shoes. If this were your loved one, wouldn’t you want something to be done about it?

Thank you,

Danielle Hillman

#JusticeforMikey

DanielleHillman323@gmail.com

From the July 2-8, 2014, issue

5 Comments

  1. alissa

    July 2, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    This is terrible to hear. I think my husband was at that concert, we both love Hed PE. I will ask him if he remembers anything about this but I’m not sure he will because this is the first time I am hearing of this incident. Hopefully justice can be served and the police get their heads out of their asses and do the right thing! Good luck, God bless.

    • Haley

      July 2, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      I’m so sorry to hear about this. I am going to get a petition signed to put am end to the justice bullshit. I can’t believe it has been a year and they are saying there is nothing they can do. That’s bullshit. They will pursue a drug house for 6 months and never apprehend anyone yet they can’t run the plates on a car that is right in front of them? Rockford police need to go back to school and relearn the justice system. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Keep your head up. God didn’t put you where you are to watch you fail. Thing will get better. :)

  2. Jackie

    July 2, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I cannot believe you have to ask for help with this!! It’s unfathomable that there has been no investigation in this case! I’m very sorry for your and his childrens’ loss. And shame on the Rockford Police Dept for allowing this case to not go cold, but basically disappear!! RPD, Do the right thing and solve this man’s murder!!!

  3. Tayler

    July 2, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    I’m happy for you Danielle. You finally will get other people’s attention. This needs to be finished and justice needs to be served. Mikey did not deserve this ending he deserves a better one.

  4. Amber Clarke

    July 3, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I will be praying for justice for your family. My brother Matthew Clarke was killed in 2010. He was riding his bike down SandyHollow in Rockford,two different vehicles hit him and took off. We pray everyday for justice. We went through situations just like you with Rockford Police Department. Every year on the anniversary of his death my mother airs on Wifr news. I really hope his children get the closer they deserve

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