First Murder of the Year in Rockford

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A 20-year-old man is stabbed to death in Rockford's first murder of the year. Rockford police believe Fredrick Bates was stabbed in the chest in the rear parking lot of an apartment building on the 1700 block of Kishwaukee Street around 1 a.m.

Bates was brought to Swedish American Hospital where he died of his injuries. Police say there was a large group of people attending a party at the apartment building and a fight took place between Bates and a female.

The female suspect is not in custody. Rockford Police are still investigating. If you have any information you are urged to call the Rockford Area Crimestoppers at 1-888-769-STOP.