Roscoe Murder Investigation

By: Rebekah Baum
By: Rebekah Baum

Edwin Whitlock lives across the street from 10303 Lismore Road, the home where 54-year-old Daniel Ward was found dead in his bed Wednesday morning. Thursday, Ward's son Damien, was arrested on 1st degree murder charges.

Police say the 18-year-old was found in the home in a semi-conscious state, but showed no signs of violent trauma. He was taken to Rockford Memorial Hospital, but Thursday morning, he was released and arrested.

"I met the son, he seemed to be a nice young man. They seemed to be a nice family, but you never know what goes on inside a home," says Whitlock.

Logli says two other people may have lived in the home, but their relationship to the victim is still not confirmed, Logli says a motive can't be discussed at this time.

A quiet subdivision rocked by a violent crime, a family and a community grieving and waiting for more answers.

Damien ward is locked up in the Winnebago County Jail on $500, 000 bond. If convicted of 1st degree murder, he faces 20 to 60 years in prison.


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