ROCKFORD (WIFR) – From a deadly summer to a pair of murders in just 48 hours. Rockford police are working hard to solve 18 murders this year, a slight increase compared to last year.
“Rockford’s getting ridiculous and it’s sad, I miss my baby.”
It’s been a tough week for Innette Zackery as she makes funeral plans for her son Shaquille who was shot last Saturday near Loomis and Winnebago in Rockford. He died a few days later from his injuries.
“I haven’t even buried my son yet and I’m hurting, I don’t want no other mother to go through what I’m going through, so please stop the shooting and the killing,” Zackery said.
Zackery’s death marks the 18th murder so far this year, already four more than in all of 2012 which detectives say was the lowest in the last five years. There were 21 people killed in both 2011 and 2010 compared to 19 in 2009.
Now dozens of memorials sit in front of homes in memory of lost loved ones.
“I’m not trying to forget, I’m trying to move on with my life.”
While some families have closure, many cases aren’t always solved.
Police say of the 18 investigations so far, there’s been 12 arrests, however officers are working with the State Attorney’s Office to bring in more suspects.
Of the 18 murders this year, detectives say 14 cases have involved gun fire. We’re told there are only two murders where no suspects have been named.
There will be a vigil for Shaquille Zackery tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Loomis and Winnebago.