Cliffbreakers guest calls 911 before fatal shooting

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UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A candlelight vigil was held for Josh Jamerson following his death. Dozens gathered to share their memories of Jamerson including his oldest daughter Kabrea Jamerson.

"It feels like they took half my heart from me," explained Kabrea through tears. "He was my biggest supporter."

Kabrea says her father's dream was to see her play college basketball and she won't let that dream die with him.


ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- "I'm going to kill you," is what a Cliffbreakers guest says he heard from the hallway before gunshots rang out.

The guest who wants to remain anonymous says he saw a woman and three children in hotel room number 420 which eventually turned into a party with loud music marijuana and a crowd of people.

Rockford police arrived at Cliffbreakers after 3:30AM Sunday to find 34 year- year old Joshua Jamerson dead from a gunshot wound.

Investigators say three other gunshot victims were treated at the hospital a 27 year-old man suffering from life threatening injuries and two others who are expected to be okay.

According to the guest the fight took place in a hallway on the fourth floor of the hotel in the 700 block of West Riverside Boulevard. Shortly after that first call the guest says at least 10 shots rang out followed by people saying "Run run, before the cops get here." The guest says he called 911 again pleading for them to hurry because people had been shot.

"It's not anything that makes us happy, it's an unfortunate and tragic event. Anytime we have parties or celebrations that turn bad quick and the first result or action is to bring out guns, it's very concerning," says Kevin Ogden Assistant Deputy Chief of Investigations with the Rockford Police.

23 News did reach out to Cliffbreakers. They declined to comment on the matter.

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