UPDATE: Autopsy Determines Woman Stabbed to Death Not Pregnant

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UPDATE: The Winnebago County Coroner's Office has confirmed that the autopsy of the 21-year-old woman stabbed to death over the weekend has determined she was not pregnant. Posts on Achaiah McGee's Facebook page showed she had believed she was pregnant and several friends also said McGee had said she was expecting.

The stabbing happened around 10am Saturday at the RMTD station right across from the Rockford Police Department. Investigators say McGee got into a fight with 28-year-old Jeanette Short. As of Monday afternoon, Short faces two counts of First Degree Murder and one count of Aggravated Battery for the stabbing death of Achaiah McGee.


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Charges have been upgraded for the suspect police say stabbed a pregnant woman to death outside Rockford's downtown bus terminal over the weekend. Jeanette Short is now facing murder charges.

"For something so heart wrenching to happen to somebody so sweet, it was kind of, it was very heartbreaking," Trista Huff, a friend of Achaiah McGee, said.

McGee's friends describe the young woman as a girl full of life with a wonderful heart. Huff says the expectant mother was looking forward to the next chapter of her life.

"She was overjoyed about it. She was ready to be a mother," Huff said.

Flowers now mark the spot at the RMTD terminal where McGee's vibrant life ended Saturday morning. Police say she got into a fight with Jeanette Short at the West State Street bus station and was stabbed in the chest.

"Nobody deserves to die this way and it was very heart wrenching," Huff said.

The Rockford Mass Transit District released a statement saying, “it remains committed to providing a safe and secure environment to its patrons and employees at every level within its organization.” Some riders say that's not enough

"I have to take the bus and I was just saying on the bus now, oh my god I hope that doesn't happen to me because that's really scary," Bus rider Holly Halverson, said.

"I can't help what happens you know what I’m saying. If something happens it happens, you know, it’s just life," rider Rydell Crowder, said.

For Achaiah McGee it was a life cut short.

Short is being held in the Winnebago County Jail on one million dollars bond. She'll be back in court on April 17.


UPDATE: The charges against Jeanette Short have now been upgraded. Short faces two counts of First Degree Murder and one count of Aggravated Battery for the stabbing death of Achaiah McGee.

The RMTD has also released the following statement concerning the incident:

"First and foremost the RMTD wishes to extend its sympathies and condolences to the friends and family members of Achaiah Tyashay McGee who lost her life during an assault that occurred outside of RMTD’s Transit Center in downtown Rockford on Saturday March 15th. The RMTD is and remains committed to providing a safe and secure environment to its patrons and employees at every level within its organization. The RMTD is cooperating fully with the authorities who are investigating this tragic event."

Marissa Sherer will have more on this story tonight on 23 News at 5.


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- We now know the name of the woman stabbed to death at the RMTD Terminal bus station on Saturday.
The Winnebago County Coroner's Office says Achaiah McGee, 21, died from a stab wound to the chest.

It happened around 10am Saturday at the RMTD station right across from the Rockford Police Department. Investigators say McGee got into a fight with this woman, Jeanette Short, 28.

Short was arrested Saturday and is charged with aggravated battery.


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- One woman is dead and another in jail after a fight this morning and it all happened just feet from the Rockford Police Department.

Officers say the two women got into a fight at the RMTD bus terminal, right across the street from the Public Safety Building. It happened around 10am on Saturday.

Investigators say the victim was stabbed once in the chest and died at the hospital.

Jeanette Short, 28, was arrested a short time later and is charged with aggravated battery.

This is already the fifth murder in Rockford this year. This time last year there were only two.


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