Teen year’s first homicide victim

By Jim Hagerty
Reporter

ROCKFORD — The victim in the first homicide of the year has been identified as a 15-year-old boy.

Authorities say patrol officers were called to to the 700 block of Kent Street shortly before 4 p.m., in response to a shots-fired call. Upon arrival, officers located the victim lying in the street. He’d been shot in the head.

Police say they believed the victim was walking with a group of friends when they were confronted by an unknown number of suspects in a car. Shots were fired from the vehicle at the group, and the victim was struck and killed.

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The identity of the victim is not being released pending family notification. Detectives from the
Rockford Police Department are conducting a follow-up investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at 815-966-2900 or leave an anonymous tip with Rockford Area Crime Stoppers at 815-968-7867. R.

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