COLD CASE: 2000 Murder of Adam Ramirez

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- We continue Rockford Cold Case tonight with the longest unsolved murder in the series so far.

23 News Anchor Mike Garrigan takes a closer look at the July 16th, 2000 murder of 18–year-old Adam Ramirez.

“The Holiday is really the hardest time," Adam’s mother Lori Ramirez said.

Ramirez always puts up her Christmas Tree early.

"I have to start doing everything early, If I don't I go into a deep depression and it's hard to get out of it," she said.

It's been ten years since Lori's second of three sons, Adam, was murdered. But a decade's time has done little to ease the sorrow.

"I know Adam wants me to move on and trying to move on, but it's coping with the death that's hard."

Things were looking up for Adam Ramirez in July of 2000. The soon to be 19-year-old was a recent graduate who worked at Rockford Products with his dad.

"And they had a good time there, you know he would sit and eat lunch. He always had everyone laughing and joking this is all that we missed."

Adam seemed to be well adjusted to the east side home that his family moved into a couple years earlier.

"And I thought by moving the kids away from the south side and move them over here would keep them away from here."

As it turned out, Adam spent the final night of his life on Rockford's south side.

"He said mom I'm going to be gone for a little while I'm going to the gas station. I'll be back home."

Rockford Deputy Chief Greg Lindmark said, "He was actually shot inside his van in the rear parking area of 624 Island Avenue."

Police believe Adam Ramirez was shot as part of a gang retaliation to a fatal shooting that took place two hours earlier and six blocks away in front of a crowded bar.

"Adam Ramirez was in no way was involved in the shooting earlier, but his friends and associates were most likely at that bar when this occurred." Lori Ramirez said. "His best friend Doug drew him this for his visitation and this is what we put on Adam's head stone. All I want is help I just want Adam to rest in peace. There is never closure. But all I just want is justice."

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