Online Staff Report
Jazznique Fort, 15, has been identified as the fatal victim in the Friday, Jan. 2, shooting that occurred around 1:56 a.m. in the 800 block of Lee Street in Rockford.
Fort, a student at Rockford Auburn High School, died after suffering a single gunshot wound to the head, according to Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia.
Fort’s father, Natreal Lamar Fort, was killed in a one-car accident off Pierpont Avenue near Montague Road in February 2012.
Police responded to a call of a shooting victim in a parking lot in the 800 block of Lee Street around 1:56 a.m., Jan. 2. Upon arrival, officers found two males and a female huddled around another female — Fort — who was lying on the ground. Fort, who was not breathing, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office.
A 19-year-old male also reported being shot in the leg during the incident. He was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Witnesses told police that unknown individuals fired upon the group from a moving dark gray or black minivan.
Rockford Police detectives are investigating this case and interviewing several people. If anyone has information about this case, they are urged to contact the Rockford Police Department at (815) 987-5824 or Crime Stoppers at (815) 963-7867.
Jazznique Fort’s death marked the first homicide of 2015 in Rockford. The city saw 18 homicides in 2014.
Posted Jan. 2, 2015