Rockford police: 54-year-old man shot, killed in vehicle

Published: Feb. 11, 2023 at 7:52 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 13, 2023 at 5:48 PM CST
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Rockford police are investigating the murder 54-year-old man shot Saturday on Rockford’s southeast side.

Miguel Perez, 54, of Rockford, was found dead in his vehicle on the 1300 block of 7th Avenue.

Neighbors told police the man and his family are Jehovah’s Witnesses and were reaching out to people in the area at the time.

Witnesses of the crime told police the man was sitting in his vehicle waiting on family members when a shot was fired from a passing white vehicle.

Rockford Police Chief Carla Redd confirmed that the vehicle in question could be linked to a shooting suspect.

“This is roughly the second homicide that we’ve had within a week at 11:00 in the morning,” Redd said. “I’m not going to change my words, I’ve talked about it before. This gun violence is absolutely ridiculous. I’ve got detectives that are working around the clock.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Rockford Police Department or Rockford Area Crime Stoppers.