UPDATE: Double Murder Trial Begins

By: Laura Matovina Email
By: Laura Matovina Email

Police have released the names of couple murdered in their home early this morning.

Two are dead in an early morning shooting on Rockford's east side .

Rockford Police say 34 year old Michael W. Clark and 29 year old Christa R. Clark were murdered in their home around 2:15 this morning at 2108 21st street.

Police have ruled out a murder-suicide and are treating the shooting as a double murder.

Police say the couple was targeted.

There were two children in the house, one an infant. Apparently the older of the children went to a neighbor's house and informed them of the shooting.

Police say the children were not hurt and are being evaluated at a Rockford hospital.

23 News will continue to update you on this developing story.

UPDATE: Nearly three years after Police say a local couple was murdered near their two children, the case goes to trial.

Opening statements started today in the 2010 double murder case. Alexander Castillo is accused of fatally shooting Michael and Christa Clark inside a home on 21st street where their infant and seven year old were nearby. We’re told the child walked to the neighbor for help that day.

We’ll continue to update you on this trial.


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- 26 year old Alexander Castillo was picked up in Janesville and is now facing murder charges.

A Rockford couple was shot to death overnight while their two you children slept in the house. And this marks the second time in a year a double homicide has occured in this neighborhood.

"Shocking. Just absolutely shocking.This is a nice quiet neighborhood. Neighbors keep track of other neighbors and everybody knows everybody. It's absolutely just shocking." As she said she was woken up at 3 in the morning to police knocking on her door.

Just after tow Monday morning police were called to this middle class neighborhood at 2108 21st Street. Thirty-four year old Michael Clark and his 29 year old wife Christa were found shot. Deputy Cheif Greg Lindmark informed us that, " There were two other individuals in the house. One was an infant and one was a child. They are both okay."

Neighbors that spoke to 23 News said they are shocked that something like this could happen in their own backyard, espeically since they've started to move past the double homicide that occured last year. It was just last July when an older couple, Rynato and Liticia Cardino were killed just blocks away.

"We had the trouble last year with the shooting down the street and that put everyone on edge around here. And now this is going to put everyone on edge too." says neighbor Joyce Beadnell.

The neighborhood is full of families with young kids and seniors. One even told 23 News she has started to lock her doors during the day when she is home.

Police still do not have a motive for the murders.


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  • by Theresa Location: Janesville on May 10, 2010 at 06:19 PM
    I am very upset at some of the crap people are commenting on. I didn't know Michael but Christa was a very good person & I don't feel either one deserve this. Not to mention the children that are left behind with no mother or father. My heart goes out to all the families that are involved in this whole messed up situation. If you don't know anyone involved then you shouldn't be posting crap to just get people stured up. The truth will come out if the Rockford police do their job. I just hope they are not trying to arrest someone fast to say they did and they have some good evidence to back it up! Otherwise they will be destroying a young mans life and hurting his family just to say they found someone. Not to mention the roll-a-coster ride they will be putting friends and family on, with everyone involved. Please think of the people that Christa and Michael have left when posting these comments. I will be praying for the Ellefson, Clark and Castillo families. CHRISTA YOU WILL BE MISSED
  • by carolyn oslund Location: roscoe on May 10, 2010 at 06:01 PM
    I have known the Clark family for 25 years and have never had anything but nice memories of Michael and h is brothers. They all spent alot of time with my kids and in the neighborhood. My heart goes out to the and their families. All the people making ignorant comments on this page should remember life is short and one never knows what life will bring your way..Be careful of what you say It may come back to bite you ! Take care and God bless Steven and all of your family.
  • by candie on May 10, 2010 at 05:21 PM
    weather or not they were dealers the cops will find out. If so then the kids will be in a safer home. But still it isn't right to be killed over a bad life choice...
  • by old neighbor Location: janesville,WI on May 10, 2010 at 05:03 PM
    My heart goes out to the family of Christa. The children and family are in our prayers.
  • by Monica Location: Rockford on May 10, 2010 at 05:02 PM
    It doesn't matter what kind of case he had or what kind of person he was. Which if you knew him, he was actually a very good person. Murder is wrong and just because you do wrong in your life, you don't deserve to be murdered. So for everybody talking all that, find you some business of your own.
  • by been threw it Location: rockford on May 10, 2010 at 04:30 PM
    God bless to everyone in the family. This is a difficult time, raise those babies right and make sure they never forget mommy or daddy. And please give them the wonderful memories of their parents, they will need it very much and I know we all hurt but the babies need it more.
  • by Courtney Location: Beloit on May 10, 2010 at 03:34 PM
    As an "adopted" sister into Christa's family I am deaply disturbed by many of the coments on this page. Regardless of situations these are people. Two people who have children, siblings, parents and friends who loved them. I have held her sisters in my arms today as they greive their loss. A loss that no person can fathom until it happens to them. I pray that someday tolerence and empathy enters into the hearts of those of you who have seen this as an oportunity to take your frustrations with society out on the families of Michael and Christa. I love this family and the beautiful children they left behind. Rest in peace.
  • by Anonymous Location: Rockford on May 10, 2010 at 03:28 PM
    I have lived in the neighborhood and can honestly say it's been in decline mode for about three years now however, I blame the decline on the increasing number of available rental property, and the section eight apartments and housing all along the Harrison and South Alpine area. Many people are unaware of the fact that when they closed down Greeny Green in Chicago, the residents were given rent vouchers to go anywhere in the State to re-establish residency. Rockford's Harrison apartments must have looked like heaven, and there goes the neighborhood!
  • by Darren Location: rkfd on May 10, 2010 at 03:21 PM
    micheal & crista was very good people and they did not deserve this...ive known the clark family for years & all i can say is good about them..and for all you idiots talking race and saying trash you dont even know...it will catch up to you in long run...my heart surely goes to the kids aswell..its very sad....people need to realize wherever you are at any given time your life can be taken...everyone in this world wishes at 1 point in time in their life they could hit rewind...life is precious so dont waste it R.I.P. MICHAEL & CRISTA "YOU ARE TRULY MISSED"
  • by DONTworryBOUTit on May 10, 2010 at 03:05 PM
    Look all you people who have negative feelings about the deceased keep them to your self. Every time someone passes away someone has something smart to say. There are family members that don't need to read all you peoples negative thoughts. I didn't know the guy at all my boyfriend did tho and from what I understand he was a great person. All you people need to keep your comments to yourself. I'm sure all of you're families aren't perfect and you wouldn't want people saying these things about one of your family members. Lets just keep the negative stuff to your self. RIP Micheal & Christa
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