Three Years Since Cleary Murder

By: Shannon Smith
By: Shannon Smith

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – It’s been exactly three years since a Rockford mom and her two kids were shot to death and set on fire.

It’s a tough day for the family of Natasha Cleary who say having memorials every year in honor of their lost loved one helps their healing.

Natasha Cleary and her two sons Marquon Ownes and Takarian Friar were shot and killed then their house on Canterbury Lane was set on fire. Family members tell me they don’t hold memorials at the home because it’s too painful.

However, they say they’re making sure to keep Natasha and her sons’ legacies alive.

"Coping with this it's been tragic but like they say we must live on and cope with as much as we can but we want to find out if there's justice that's going to be served,” said God-brother Dequawn Robinson.

We spoke with Deputy Chief Dave Hopkins with Rockford Police who says this is still an open case. He says Cleary’s ex-boyfriend was charged with stalking, however no suspects are in custody.

There will be a walk in Cleary’s honor Saturday at Sinnissippi Park at 2 p.m. The family is also asking the city to give the street where Cleary lived an honorary title and call it the Natasha Cleary and Family Lane.

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