Former South Beloit commissioner ID’d in murder-suicide

By Jim Hagerty

SOUTH BELOIT — The victims in a murder-suicide in South Beloit Sunday have been identified as 64-year-old Robert “Bob” Stone and his son, Vito Stone, 38.

Bob Stone served as a South Beloit commissioner from 2003 to 2011.

Police say officers responded to a domestic violence call at around 12:15 a.m., Sunday. A woman reported that her husband had fired a gun and that her father-in-law, along with two children, were also on the property. When officers arrived, they made contact with Vito Stone, who was armed with a handgun, in the front yard but Stone retreated into the house.

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Stone then exited the house with the gun pointed to his head and walked into a wooded area and fired two shots. He then re-emerged and shot himself in the head. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Officers later found the body of Bob Stone inside a tent in the woods behind the house. He had been shot in the chest. The children were found in another tent. They were uninjured.

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South Beloit was assisted by the Rockton, Roscoe and Winnebago police departments. R.

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