UPDATE: Third Murder Suspect Arrested

By: WIFR Newsroom
By: WIFR Newsroom
Ricardo Garcia
Ricardo Figueroa
Anthony Perez

UPDATE: 20-year-old Ricardo Garcia of Belvidere has been arrested and charged with the murder of an alleged Belvidere gang member on November 30th.

Garcia is charged with two counts of murder. Two other suspects, Anthony Perez and Ricardo Figueroa are already in custody.

Boone County authorities say the trio shot and killed 18-year-old Giovannie Galacia on November 30th and led authorities on a high speed chase in Winnebago County. A first degree murder conviction carries a sentence of 20 to 60 years in prison.


UPDATE: The Boone County State's Attorney has announced 22-year-old Ricardo Figueroa of Belvidere, has been charged with one count of First Degree Murder for the shooting that resulted in the death of Giovanni Galicia.

Investigators say Giovannie Galicia; was shot and killed while sitting in a car around 12:30 a.m. on November 30th in the 2100 block of Lake Shore Drive on Belvidere's west side.

Figueroa was previously charged for possessing a firearm and ammunition while being a street gang member.

Anthony Perez, of Belvidere, has also been charged with First Degree Murder for this shooting. The murder charge carries a sentencing range of 20 years to 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, if convicted.

Figueroa’s next court date is December 13, 2013 and his bond is currently is set at $750,000 (10%).


BELVIDERE (WIFR) -- A teenager is shot and killed in what Belvidere Police say is a gang-related shooting. Now three suspects are in jail and another in the hospital after being shot by a Boone County Deputy.

This all happened around 12:30 Saturday morning in the 2100 block of Lake Shore Drive on Belvidere’s west side. Investigators say Giovannie Galicia; was shot and killed while sitting in a car. Today family and friends went back to the spot he was killed, paying tribute to the teen with flowers and candles.

Shortly after the shooting Boone County Sheriff’s deputies chased a car that fit the description of the shooters all the way to Rockford. They arrested Ricardo Figueroa and Cheyanne Patton, but one person in the car who they think was Anthony Perez ran off. Perez turned himself into Belvidere Police around 6:30 Saturday night. He's charged with first degree murder.

A fourth person in the car, whose name has not been released, was shot in leg by one of the officers. The Winnebago Boone Integrity Task Force is investigating the shooting.


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