Rockford Police Investigating Third Murder in Eight Days

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Rockford Police say when the temperatures drop, so do the number of murders, but that’s not the case anymore.

There was another murder last night, that adds up to three in just the last eight days. It has a lot of people concerned we’re headed for another string of murders like we saw in July.

Rockford Police are searching for answers and a suspect after finding 30-year-old Felix Mbinga shot to death in a car around 1:15 Monday morning at 4th and Buckbee near the Broadway business district. It’s just a stone’s throw away from Eight-15 International Styles and Cuts. Owner Jason Beaks says he was shocked to hear a murder happened so close to his business.

“Usually we see a lot of panhandlers, bums walking around, but that’s it.”

Beaks and people who live in the area are on edge, worried Mbinga’s murder may lead to more shootings.

“We’re seeing violence escalate at a minimum. It’s getting to be worse. It’s scary, you get scared at night time.”

Police haven’t released a motive for Mbinga’s murder, but Jeffery Oliver believes many other crimes in the neighborhood revolve around drugs.

“Every time I go to McDonalds over there or anywhere somebody’s like you straight, what’s up, you straight? You good? I think a lot of it revolves around drugs,” said Oliver.

Regardless of the crime, Beaks says he’s worried about his customers’ safety.

The fact that I cut a lot of kids’ hair, I have a lot of women bringing their kids up, so yeah, it concerns me a lot.
Police do not have any suspects yet in this case and haven’t named suspects or made arrests in either of the two other recent murders.

Sometimes police will step up patrols in areas where there’s been a murder or a lot of crime, but Lt. Hoey says at this point there aren’t any plans to do that.


UPDATE: The identity of the Rockford man found apparently shot to death in a vehicle on Rockford's south side Monday morning has been released.

According to the Winnebago County Coroner's Office, 30-year-old Felix Mbinga was pronounced dead after 1 a.m. Police found him in a vehicle near South 4th and Buckbee streets with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Rockford police will continue to investigate the death. An autopsy is pending. Toxicology tests will be available in two weeks.


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A 30-year-old man was found shot to death in a vehicle on Rockford's south side early Monday morning.

Police say they received a call about a man found slumped over the steering wheel of a sedan near South 4th and Buckbee streets before 1 a.m. Officers found the parked car within the 800 block of Buckbee Street. The man was found with a gunshot wound.

The victim's identity has not been released yet pending family notification.

If you have any information, please call Rockford police at (815) 987-5824 or Rockford Area Crime Stoppers at (815) 963-7867.


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