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Police: Rockford double homicide not random

By Jim Hagerty

ROCKFORD – A double homicide Thursday morning on the city’s west side appears to be a targeted act, according to the Rockford Police Department.

Police say the incident unfolded just after 3:30 a.m., in the 700 block of Bruce Street. That’s where 27-year-old Christina LangstonHill and 28-year-old Teon Hill were shot multiple times. Teon Hill was found inside a residence while the female was located outside. Both were pronounced dead.

The incident does not appear to be random. 

“The incident occurred at 727 Bruce St., the same address where a dog was shot and killed on Friday, July 19, of this year,” Police Chief Dan O’Shea said. “In that incident, two suspects have warrants out for them.”

O’Shea said the suspects wanted for allegedly shooting the dog are 28-year-old Kelvin Langston and Douglas Hollyfield, 26. 

“Detectives are currently investigating the possibility that both incidents could be related,” the chief said. “The two persons with warrants in the first incident are persons of interest in last night’s double murder, but they are not suspects at this time.”

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross said Christina LangstonHill was recently granted a no-stalking order against Hollyfield. According to court records, the order was granted on July 19. An Aug. 8 court date was set in front of Judge Gwyn Gulley.

“Ms. LangstonHill was due in court this afternoon at 1:30,” Hite Ross said. “That order was set to expire at 11:59 tonight.”

The incident marks the 14th and 15th homicide of the year. There have been five killings since July 30, including the double homicide that occurred on that date near Hutchins Avenue and Pearl Street. 

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Rockford Police at 815-966-2900 or Rockford Area Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.

This story has been updated

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