Teenager Arrested, Charged with Murdering Michael Studer at the Auburn Citgo in May

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Rockford Police have arrested a teenager for murdering a local man outside an Auburn Street Gas Station last month.

The 15 year-old suspect's name will not be released considering he is a minor.

You may remember 57-year-old Michael Studer was shot several times outside his car at the Citgo Gas Station. Family members believe it was an attempted robbery. Studer's girlfriend was also in the car and was not injured. Investigators say they are searching for more suspects.

Police Press Release
On May 23rd, 2012 shortly after 11:30 P.M., Rockford Police Officers responded to the Citgo Gas Station located at 4315 Auburn Street in reference to a shooting incident.

Upon arrival, officers located a shooting victim, Michael D. Studer, sitting in his vehicle in the parking lot of the business. Studer sustained multiple gunshot wounds, one being to the torso. Rockford Fire Department personnel arrived and transported Studer to a local hospital for treatment. Studer later died at the hospital as a result of his injuries.

Rockford Police Detectives are conducting follow up investigation into the incident. The facts of the investigation were reviewed by the Winnebago County States Attorney’s Office.

The States Attorney’s Office authorized the following charges:
Un-named male juvenile
15 years of age, Rockford, Illinois
First Degree Murder
Armed Robbery

Rockford Police detectives obtained an arrest warrant for the authorized charges. The un-named male juvenile is in custody.

Due to the on-going nature of the investigation and the age of the suspect, no photograph is available.

The charges against the un-named male juvenile are only accusations. He is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


UPDATE 5/30/2012: ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Dozens of Stateline bikers paid tribute to another one of their own today.

These bikers led a procession to Honquest Funeral Home this afternoon to say goodbye to Michael Studer.

You may remember he was shot and killed during a robbery at an Auburn Street gas station last week. Today his friends called him a brother. Many of them told us they wanted to show the community that a great man died in a senseless act of violence.

Brad Henry said, "He was a close friend to a lot of these people, I've known him for close to 30 years, a big hearted guy, and it isn't like he died in an accident or old age.”

Organizers of today's procession tell us they want to bring awareness to the city that something needs to be done about the violence.


UPDATE 5/25/2012: ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- We have new details tonight on two gas station murders that happened just a day apart.

The latest happened Wednesday night at the Citgo on Auburn. Police say the victim, 57-year-old Michael Studer was shot several times outside his car.

When police got to the scene they found him sitting in his vehicle. Authorities say the male, teenage suspects tried to Rob Studer and a woman he was with, but didn’t take anything.

The gas station was not robbed. The incident is not believed to be gang related. Right now no one is in custody but police say suspects are being developed.

Just 27 hours earlier and a half mile away18-year-old Dwayne Buchanan was shot as a van drove by and fired rounds at the BP Gas station near Auburn and Central.

Police say they're still looking for that van and several suspects. A 17-year-old male was also hit, but authorities can't say whether he knew Buchanan. Police think this shooting was gang related.

As a reminder, the anti-violence group Cease-Fire is holding a vigil tonight in the Walgreens parking lot near the BP. It starts at 7:00.


UPDATE 5/24/2012: ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A 57-year-old Rockford man is dead after another fatal gas station shooting--it's the second one in a 27-hour period.

This one happened just blocks away from Tuesday night's shooting.

It happened around 11:30 last night at the Citgo in the 4300 block of Auburn Street. When police got to the scene they found the victim, Michael Studer, sitting in his car with several gunshot wounds.

Apparently he and a woman had been robbed. Studer was taken to Rockford Memorial Hospital where he died around 4:00 this morning during surgery. Police are still looking for two suspects: two black men between 16 and 18 years old.

Theresa Davenport, a member of anti-violence group CeaseFire says, "Our part in it is to get out here to make people aware that violence is not tolerated in this community and that we must pull together as a community to bring about a change."

CeaseFire will be meeting near Citgo tonight hanging up signs and passing out flyers.

The suspects involved in Tuesday night's shooting are still on the loose. 18- year-old Dwayne Buchanan died after being shot at the BP gas station near Auburn and Central.

The two crimes don't appear to be related. Yesterday’s shooting was a robbery and Tuesday night's shooting was gang-related. A van drove by a shot up the gas station, but again, we are waiting to hear more information from police.


UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The man killed in yesterday's shooting at the Auburn Citgo has been identified as 57-year-old Michael Studer of Rockford.

The victim of last night's shooting at the Citgo Gas Station on Auburn has died. Police are now investigating the shooting as a murder.

On May 23rd, 2012 shortly after 11:30 P.M., Rockford Police Officers responded to the Citgo Gas Station located at 4315 Auburn Street in reference to a shooting incident.

Upon arrival, officers located a shooting victim, a 57 year old male, sitting in his vehicle in the parking lot of the business. The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds, 1 being to the torso.

Rockford Fire Department personnel arrived and transported the
victim to a local hospital for treatment. The victim later died at the hospital as a result of his injuries. The name of the victim is not being disclosed until after family notifications have been made.
Rockford Police Detectives are conducting follow up investigation into the incident.

The suspects are as follows:
#1 Black male 16-18 years of age 5’8” to 5’10” tall with a medium build wearing all black clothing
#2 Black male 16-18 years of age 5’10” to 6’ tall with a medium build wearing a tan or gray sweat shirt and light colored pants.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Rockford Police shift commander at (815)987-5824 or CrimeStoppers at (815)963-7867.


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Police are on the scene of yet another shooting at a Rockford gas station.

The latest happen Wednesday around 11:30 p.m. at the Citgo Gas Station at 4315 Auburn Street. Rockford police say a man and a woman were robbed at gun point by two men wearing dark clothing.

During the robbery the male victim was shot three time. Right now police say he's in serious condition at a local hospital.

No suspects are in custody.

You may remember Tuesday night Dwyane Buchanan, 18, was shot and killed when a van filled with people drove by and sprayed the BP Gas Station at Auburn and Central with bullets. No suspects are in custody for that shooting as well.


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