UPDATE: Family, friends remember Roscoe teen at visitation

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Updated: October 22, 2017, 8:00 PM

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Family and friends are remembering the life of the 13-year-old Roscoe boy who was killed last week after being struck by a car. Now, the community is reaching out to support the family in their time of need.

"I don’t think anybody ever thinks they'll be the family that has to go through something like this,” said Robert Figinsky Jr.’s aunt, Leah Peryer.

Creative, innovative and friendly are just a few words Leah Peryer uses to describe her nephew, Bobby.

"He is the young man who extends a hand or a word to the new kid in school and helps them feel welcome,” said Peryer.

13-year-old Robert Figinsky Jr. died last weekend after being struck by a car. Now, family and friends come together to remember the life he lived.

"I think we can only hope each one of us has that kind of an impact. To know that people may not have known him in life, but are willing to take that moment and extend that thought and that sentiment, is amazing,” said Peryer.

Figinsky's family says the support they have received from all over area has been incredible, and they appreciate all who have reached out.

"It's comforting to know that the world is still good in the face of so much bad. Unfortunately it often takes something bad to bring that out, but people are still here and they're here to help each other and good does always come out,” said Peryer.

The family plans to carry on and keep Bobby's memory alive.

"The goal is to not miss him, but to include him in our lives in a different way than what we included him in in the past. He was with us before, so now we just include him in everything we do in a new way,” said Peryer.

Many family members and friends dyed their hair blue in Bobby's honor, as he loved to dye his hair during the summers.

Updated: October 20, 2017, 12:15 AM

UPDATE: ROSCOE, Ill. (WIFR) - The visitation for 13-year-old Robert Figinsky will take place Sunday, October 22 at Fred Olson Chapel in Rockford, from 1 PM to 4 PM.

A service will be held Monday, October 23 at the same location from at noon.


Updated: October 17, 2017, 3:25 PM

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - The Winnebago County Coroner says 13-year-old Robert Figinsky's preliminary cause of death is blunt force trauma of the head and neck.

A toxicology test will be available in approximately two weeks.


Updated: 10/16/17 12:00PM

ROSCOE, Ill. (WIFR) - The boy who was hit by a car and later died has been identified as Robert (Bobby) Figinsky.

Keli Freedlund, Kinnikinnick District Superintendent, says they will be having conversations about Bobby with the Roscoe Middle School children. Additional counselors/social workers are available to support both staff and students.

"We will meet as a staff and discuss how to respond to questions about Bobby and we will try to maintain as normal a routine as possible given these circumstances," says Freedlund.


UPDATE: 10/16/17 4:30AM

The juvenile who was hit by a car in Roscoe has died.

The victim was a 13-year-old boy, according to the Winnebago County Coroner's Office. He died from the injuries he sustained.

An autopsy is pending as the death is under investigation by the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department.


A juvenile is taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries after being hit by a vehicle in the 4500 block of Hononegah Road in Roscoe around 7 p.m. Sunday.

Officials say the accident happened near Hononegah Road and Checkerberry Drive, with the closest intersection being Blue Spruce Drive.

This incident is still under investigation.

We will keep you updated as we learn more information.