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

By: Lauren Kravets
By: Lauren Kravets

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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  • by Anonymous on Jun 10, 2012 at 08:23 PM
    cutting off an entire part of the city and or saying two black people shooting each other is karma tells how much even lower your intellegence is!...
  • by Anonymous on Jun 10, 2012 at 10:05 AM
    So the police shooting an unarmed man in a church with children in it isn't reason to make a big deal out of, but an OUTLAW biker killed at a gas station is a big deal? maybe the whole robbery really was it's own KARMA!
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      by Dave on Jun 10, 2012 at 01:17 PM in reply to
      Trying to use that as a comparison indicates your low level of intelligence.
  • by BRUCE Location: USA on Jun 10, 2012 at 04:04 AM
    WHEN IS JESSE JACKSON COMMING TO TOWN TO BLAME THE WHITE MAN FOR THIS CRIME,,,,, ????
  • by Brian W Location: GANGBANGERS VISIT MY HOME on Jun 9, 2012 at 09:14 PM
    does the name William Buck ring a bell, Bruscato dont let this punk become a Buck for your re-election bid,try him as an adult and give what he deserves, life in prison in general population and make him a pin cushion for Bubba
  • by ..... on Jun 9, 2012 at 10:20 AM
    I will continue to say it.....y do the taxpayers have to pay to house feed & clothe killers? If you kill someone other than self defense, you should suffer the same fate you inflicted on the victim. Why should the killer get to live and the victim be buried missed & mourned by family. Once an animal tastes blood he acquires a taste for it. He will get locked up, released & wreak havoc again. If it is certain without a doubt a person committed a senseless murder, let his family bury, mourn his justified death. Set an example by killing the killers. I guarantee others will get the message. If he kills at 15 what will he do when hes released from prison?
  • by East Sider Location: East Side on Jun 9, 2012 at 09:03 AM
    I agree with Westsider. Not all west side people are bad people, just the black ones.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2012 at 08:46 AM
    all you bikers or people at the two wheel... you never cared before what was happening on that side of town, now that it happened to you, you want to act like a bunch of 15-16 year old kids yourself. get over it! it was a tragedy but it wasn't personal. If it was a 57 year old black man robbed and shot that night, you all at the two wheel would be crackin' jokes about it...
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      by Dave on Jun 10, 2012 at 07:16 AM in reply to
      Not laughing but call it what it is. Black man shot by black man on west end of town is Karma.
  • by Imagine that... on Jun 9, 2012 at 07:01 AM
    Personally, if you want to pretend to be a god and choose who lives and dies you should be publically humilated. I don't care if he's a minor or not, he took a life and he should be publically ridiculed for such act. 15 year-olds with guns, disgusting.
  • by Dave Location: Rockford on Jun 9, 2012 at 05:42 AM
    If you have gangrene you cut off the limb. Would someone please cut off the entire West side of rockford and throw it away.
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      by west side on Jun 9, 2012 at 03:00 PM in reply to Dave
      yeah cause there are no bad people on the east side of Rockford. This city has its problems but how about all the people that live on the west side trying to raise good kids. You Dave like Jerry have issues
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        by Dave on Jun 10, 2012 at 07:14 AM in reply to west side
        My issue is all the crap on the streets as you drive down School street or West state or any side street between the two. My tax dollars pay for people that live of the system and hang out on the streets all day. If you do not see that then you must have a sefvice dog as you are blind. In fact most times the crime on the East side is by those coming from the west side. Good people on the West side of Rockford are doing everything they can to get out. I don't blame them. West side is a smelly arm pit.
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      by Good start on Jun 11, 2012 at 11:42 AM in reply to Dave
      Apparently you haven't been around Harrison and Alpine lately. We need a special weapon that can sense vilolence. If we cannot do this, wall up the city and let selective process weed out the most violent. Then eliminate them. In Korea the entire family pays for the sins of others for 2 generations. Maybe that would make people wise up with their kids.
  • by West sider on Jun 8, 2012 at 09:22 PM
    First I want to say way to go RPD!!!!

    Second Jerry get a life... Not all west side people are bad people I'm a productive citizen, full time job, do not get any welfare and I do not break the law.. People on the west side are no different then people on the east of the river...
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