Two adults, two kids dead in Dec. 20 Rockford shooting

Online Staff Report

Two adults and two children were shot dead inside a home at 3234 Montrose Ave. in Rockford Saturday, Dec. 20.

The victims are Martia Flint, 24; Demontae Rhodes, 24 (a friend of Martia Flint’s); Tyrone Smith III, 6 (child of Martia Flint); and Tobias K. Smith, 4 (child of Martia Flint). All four were pronounced dead by Rockford Fire Department paramedics.

Rockford police responded to the address at around 11:20 p.m., Dec. 20, in reference to shots fired. A neighbor heard pounding on a door, then the sound of a door being forced, followed almost immediately by gunshots.

A male in a hooded sweatshirt was seen outside the residence during the time of the incident. No further description is available.

No motive is currently known for these murders, and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Rockford police shift commander at (815) 987-5824 or Crime Stoppers at (815) 963-7867.

Posted Dec. 22, 2014

2 thoughts on “Two adults, two kids dead in Dec. 20 Rockford shooting

  • Dec 22, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Senseless death of the children unless they knew the killer, then he was making sure he left no witesses. Prayers go out to all family members for their horrific losses.

  • Dec 22, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    This sort of reminds me of the Natasha Cleary murder of her and her two children. I believe that was in 2011 and is still unsolved. The fact that the killer shot all of the victims including the children in both instances, is somewhat rare – even for this day and age. Whoever did this is not your garden variety criminal or killer. In each case you are dealing with a full-blown psychopath. While they are not likely related, I do hope the police have looked into this.

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