Rockford Pastor Killed in Crash

A congregation is in mourning tonight as it prepares to say goodbye to its beloved pastor.

Rockford police say 46 year old Reverend Cornell Thompson died after driving his Lexus off the road and into a residential home late last night. It happened at 604 Seminary Street in Rockford.

Witnesses heard no warning sounds before the vehicle smashed through a fence and into this home. Police have not released the cause of death, and say they cannot confirm if Thompson was dead before or after the crash took place. Members of the Liberty Baptist Church will host a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Reverend Thompson.

It is open to the public, anyone wishing to show their support for Thompson's congregation and his family are more than welcome to attend. The church is located on Preston Street in Rockford.