Rockford Man Shot, Killed in Vehicle

From the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office:

On Saturday November 12, 2011 at approximately 1:43a.m. Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputies were sent to Perryville and Linden Rd. in regards to a shooting.

The victim has been identified as 23-year-old Brandon M. Wright of Rockford.

Upon arrival the deputies located a vehicle in a field off the roadway with a male behind the wheel of the vehicle. The male was deceased and had an apparent gunshot wound.

Preliminary information developed at the scene indicates that shots were fired, possibly from another vehicle, and a round penetrated a window of the victim’s vehicle and he was struck, then lost control of the vehicle and crashed.

Winnebago County Sheriff’s Detectives are conducting a follow-up investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department 815-319-6300 or Crime-Stoppers 815-963-7867
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Brandon Wright's friends describe him as easy going, dedicated guy. Stunned by the grim news they received this morning, his family, friends and former teammates are ready to put an end to the violence in Rockford.

"He was just a great kid, he was very humble. He was a great teammate, his teammates loved him. And uh, he was just a lot of fun to be around. He was just a genuine kid from a good strong family”, says Mike Winters, Wright’s high school basketball coach.
A prayer walk was the idea that came to wright's friend Dan Petrie.

Starting Sunday afternoon at 12:30 in front of Rockford’s downtown library, those who knew Wright will march against violence in Rockford. Petrie says he feels there needs to be more action to keep the Forest City community safe, and tomorrow is just a start.

Petrie says, "The city needs prayer. With the tragedy that's been hitting the city, time and time and time again, young life after young life taken over senseless acts. I really think this is something where the community can come together, believers can come together and do our duty and that's pray over the city and individuals."

The idea for the walk comes less than 24 hours before the event is scheduled to begin. Petrie says he has received an overwhelming response for the walk and says anyone who wants to join the event is welcome.

Prayer Walk --
Sunday November 13 at 12:30 pm
Rockford Public Library
215 North Wyman Street
Rockford, IL


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  • by CG Location: FORDIAN on Nov 14, 2011 at 12:53 PM
    You know it's always terrible to hear of such accounts in our city that use to have bad things happen and it remained the source of discussion for years for we had a great city. When Mayor Scott made that deal with Chicago Mayor Daley and allowed the Chicago group to come in. The city made money, he left and took his precious family to Springfield and we are left to fight against crime that we were not use to nor ready for. It's sad what happened to this young man and others that have loss their lives needlessly in Rockford,Illinois. The only way this can be solved is for all Rockfordians to stand together and let this behavior know that it will not be tolerated in our city. They either straighten up or get to steppin out of Dodge because we are no longer taking it. Lets get our neighborhood watches back up and running and lets look and see whats going on around us, lets say to our friends when were out partying don't leave right now lets make sure everything is cool before we exit, let the bartenders know young people you must wake up to and realize this ids not your mama and daddys party that if any thing would jump off maybe a few licks would be passed and people went on their way. Your generation is using weapons to take you out. Get wise, stand together, take your city back. You can do it. And oh yes, who ever said that prayer doesn';t work then you don't know your maker and your creator because He has not given us the Spirit of fear. Prayer changes things along with the action of the people. Be strong young people of Rockford and rise up and take a stand this is your city. The city you were raised up in, went to basketball and football games and out for pizza. Rise up those days aren't gone they are just beginning but we've got to let a few people know that we aren't, we won't tolerate that cowardly mess they have been pulling around here. They had better take back where it's been working but not in the ROCK!!!!!! cg4Life
  • by Debbie Location: Machesney Park on Nov 14, 2011 at 12:15 PM
    Im so sorry to hear that violence has again taken someone young life. I didnt know Brandon but I knew his grandmother she was so proud of him and talked so often of him. A young man who just finished college and had his life in order be taken from his family and friends who loved him dearly over a stupid arguement. He was someones son, brother, grandchild, and friend it makes me sick to think he was taken the way he was. I believe god will be there to guide you through this terrible miss fortune.
  • by Anonymous Location: Rockford on Nov 14, 2011 at 12:07 PM
    Brandon was a great guy with a big heart! He will be sadly missed but warmly remembered. Many thoughts and prayers are with his family.
  • by Anonymous Location: Rockford on Nov 14, 2011 at 07:51 AM
    Ignorant people of rockford! Listen up..if u have anything negative to say and you didnt know brandon personally go do something positive with ur day please!..I knew every guy he was with Saturday night. I have been friends with them since middle school. They don't play with guns, they are NOT involved in gangs, and they are wonderful people. I am a 23 year old, white female, who can say first hand that Rockford is a hard place to live in. There are so many bad people around you that are constantly trying to start unneccessary drama. Brandon was always able to stay away from it. He was a good friend. The world we live in today is tough. I stay inside my house, and never go out because of these exact reasons. Brandon never deserved this, and any stalking accusations that were placed against him were based off a stupid argument between him and his girlfriend. Which I can also say that she loves him very much, as they were together over 6 years. He was a wonderful athlete, he attended college, and had never been in a fight a day in his life. Not every person that gets shot in Rockford is a thug. He was a real human being with many friends, good parents, and a genuine heart.
  • by Tim Location: Rockford on Nov 14, 2011 at 06:57 AM
    Tragically, things like this will keep on happening as long as low life thugs are allowed to roam freely. As long as they have people who idolize them. The situation behind this man's death is tragic, but what will be an insult to his life will be that there will be idiots out there who know the thugs that fired the shots, and they will cover and protect them. This city's going to hell in a hand basket.
  • by Chris Location: Texas on Nov 13, 2011 at 01:53 PM
    This young man, Brandon, Came from a good loving home. Parents, grandparents, uncles and other family members who loved him, taught him values, and all of the things that are suppose o help young children grow up. Please do not think he was from a bad home he was not. He leaves many who truly love him I know I Am his great aunt and have known his mother since her birth. My heart aches for her and all of his family. May God bless them all.
  • by Jenny Location: Rockford on Nov 13, 2011 at 01:33 PM
    Brandon was an awesome guy. He had a great personality, a bright future, and tons of friends who loved him. He was just a kid still. Just like the rest of us who went to school with him. He didn't even get to start his life yet. I can't stop thinking about this. This violence needs to stop. Brandon didn't deserve this hateful act. He was a good kind hearted person. I stand by that. Anyone who has anything bad to say needs to keep it to themselves right now. This is a time to grieve over a young man who was lost because of stupidity. I will never forget your smile Brandon. I know he's in good hands now. God bless his family and friends. It was a pleasure to know him and he will never be forgotten. <3
  • by Anonymous on Nov 13, 2011 at 12:57 PM
    Better lay off 50 police mayor.
  • by TO THE IGNORANT PEOPLE on Nov 13, 2011 at 12:47 PM
    I CAN TRULY SAY THAT BRANDON WAS A INNOCENT BOY AND FOR THOSES THAT RIGHT AWAY WANT TO SAY SUCH NEG THINGS. FROM WHAT I HEARD HE TRIED TO BREAK UP A FIGHT THAT HIS FRIEND WAS IN WITH A MEXICAN AND THE FIGHT ENDED AND THIS HAPPENDED AFTER HE LEFT NOT KNOW THEY WOULD FOLLOW HIM HOME SO I THINKING THEY THOUGHT BRANDON WAS THE OTHER GUY OR THEY WERE MAD CUZ HE STOPPED TO FIGHT. SO RIGHT AWAY WE CAN SAY WHAT WAS HE DOING OUT WELL HE WAS AT THE BAR WHICHSOES NOT MATTER IF WE ARE 21 OR 45 WE TEND TO STAY OUT TILL LATE.. DONR GET ME WRONG SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST OUT TO GET IN TROUBE OR MAKE TROUBLE BUT BRANDON WAS OUT ENJOYING HIS NIGHT OUT AND IF YOU NEW HIS PARENTS OR HOW HE GREW UP YOU WOULD KNOW HE CAME FROM A VERY WELL BLACK FAMILY WHO TAUGHT THERE CHILDREN WELL AND ONLY WANTED THE BEST.....SOME KILLINGS THAT Have happend lately are wiith thugs and kids who just dont care but brandon is totally different and i hope that mexican pays cuz he took a life cuz you couldnt fight with your hands
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      by Show respect if you demand some on Nov 14, 2011 at 10:04 AM in reply to TO THE IGNORANT PEOPLE
      Is a tragedy what happened to this kid, but him being a college graduate that just itself says that he was a good kid, those people with bad comments need to show respect. Although yourself call people ignorant, and you are ignorant as well you called that dumb kid that shot him "that Mexican" and you are talking about being ignorant is well shown that you use the word "Mexican" is such a bad and hatred way, nobody here said here another black getting shot, so show yourself respect if people if you want some. Brandon never used that word in such manner if you recall.
  • by Seriously on Nov 13, 2011 at 12:42 PM
    If you do not know the victim do not judge... 1:45am is not an odd time to be out on a friday... Hell there are judges and lawyers out that late enjoying drinks with friends.. You do not know if he was coming home from work or if he was leaving from friends...think before you judge... Everyone needs to stop the judgmental attitudes... If you don't actually know what happened then shut the hell up... And no I do not know the victim I'm just tired of all the people that think they know everything...if you can stop the violence do it otherwise stop the complaining and judging...
    R.i.p brandon another life taken too young...
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