Family of Beloit Murder Victim Speaks Out

BELOIT (WIFR) – Beloit Police are still looking for new leads into Thursday’s murder of Jeffrey Hardnett.

"His smile. I always will miss his smile and I just can't believe I'll never see it again," Sheila Hardnett, Jeffrey Hardnett’s great aunt, said.

Tears and heartache. Wounds still fresh. One day after Sheila Hardnett's great nephew, Jeffrey, was gunned down on the streets of Beloit.

"We all are devastated. I mean who would imagine, I never imagined in a million years that I would get that phone call," Hardnett said.

Hardnett now clutches onto pictures of Jeff, who she says is a father to a five year old and newborn, describing him as a family man.

"He was a very manerable and very respectful, very outgoing, a great person. He had a great personality," Hardnett explained.

Police say Jeff died after being shot multiple times Thursday morning on Beloit's east side. Hardnett says Jeff's friend, Darius Kilgore, was also shot but survived. While police try to figure out what led to the shooting, Hardnett wants to focus on the positive.

"People say a lot of things about people, you know especially when they don't know, and in times like this they always say the negative," she said.

Hardnett says she hopes police arrest her great nephew’s killer soon to bring her family some peace, but says it will never be enough to bring him back.

"I miss him. I miss him dearly, and I wish he was coming back," she said.

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