By Jim Hagerty
ROCKFORD — The girlfriend of the man police say gunned down three people inside a party bus last weekend is also facing charges in connection with the shooting.
Lakeacia D. Kizart, 21, is charged with preventing the apprehension of a fugitive and aiding a fugitive. Police say she helped 22-year-old Raheem King hide from authorities after Saturday’s triple homicide. King was wanted in the deaths of Daijon K. Sistrunk, 22; Martavies J. Blake, 21; and 27-year-old Sean M. Anderson.
Both suspects surrendered to police Wednesday afternoon.
“We’re very happy to have Mr. King in custody at this time as he was a great threat to the public,” Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea said at a press conference. “Charges of first-degree murder are against Raheem King and charges of concealing or aiding a fugitive are against Lakeacia Kizart.”
The victims were shot inside a private charter bus just after 3 a.m., Saturday, while it was traveling in the area of Auburn Street and North Johnston Avenue.
King is charged with four counts of first-degree murder.
“Those possible penalties, should he be convicted, would be automatic natural life,” Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato said.
It is believed King chartered the bus for his birthday. His relationship with the victims is not known. King advertised the party on Facebook.
King is being held without bond. Kizart’s bond is $1 million. Aiding a fugitive is Class 4 felony.
The incident is the third recent shooting involving more than one victim. In February, a Rockford man killed his estranged wife and her boyfriend before turning the gun on himself during a police chase. Last month, two Rockford Christian students were shot and killed by their father before he took his own life inside their suburban home. R.