UPDATE: Man charged in shooting death of 15-year-old

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Updated: June 30, 2016

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – A man has been charged in connection to the shooting death of a 15-year-old girl back in May.

20-year-old Eurel Wilford is charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Keyaira Williams. Investigators say the shooting happened on May 19 in the 3100 block of Wallin Avenue. When officers arrived at the scene, they found Williams dead.

According to authorities, Wilford has been in custody since May 20 on an unrelated charge.

The case is still under investigation.


Updated: June 3, 2016

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – The 16-year-old girl killed on Wallin Avenue on May 19, 2016 is laid to rest.

Family and friends of Keyaira Williams gathered to pay their respects. Williams was found dead in an alley in the 3100 block of Wallin Avenue. Witnesses told police she was talking to someone in a car around 12:00 p.m. right before they heard gunshots.

Police say no suspects are in custody.


Update: 10:30 p.m. on May 20, 2016

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A vigil is held for 16 year old Keyaira Williams one day after she's shot and killed on Rockford's west side.

Family says Williams was vibrant, loved to dance and had an incredible smile and they’re worried vigils are becoming too routine for our area.

Besides her parents, Williams leaves behind three sisters and a brother. The investigation is still ongoing.


Updated: 1:51 p.m. on May 20, 2016

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Rockford Police have identifed the victim in Thursday afternoon's fatal shooting as 15-year-old Keyaira Williams.

Police say the shooting happened just after 12:00 p.m. Thursday in the 3100 block of Wallin Avenue. When police arrived, Williams was found unresponsive and first responders pronounced her dead at the scene.

Police say the case is being investigated as a homicide.

Investigators are asking for the public's help for any information regarding the incident to call the Rockford Police Department at 779-500-6555 or Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.


Updated: 3:34 p.m. on May 19, 2016

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A young woman is dead after a shooting on Rockford's west side.

Police say it happened just after 12:00 Thursday in the 3100 block of Wallin Avenue, near Auburn Street and Kilburn Avenue. Witnesses tell police they heard about two or three shots from inside a car in a dead-end alley. Police believe that young woman was talking with someone inside the car just moments before the shooting. Police are now looking for the car, although no description of the vehicle has been released.

Witnesses say the conversation appeared friendly and they didn't hear any loud voices or arguments before the gun shots rang out.

"So the vehicle was in the grass just behind that building, so just a weird place for it to be unless they discovered this was a dead-end road and were trying to take a shortcut through the back of the alley. Just odd, and that building is abandoned so just a weird place for it to be," says Assistant Deputy Chief Pat Hoey with the Rockford Police Department.

Businesses in the area say there's usually lots of traffic that circles the dead-end alley. Right now, police are calling the shooting suspicious.

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

We will continue to update you as we learn more.


Posted: 1:00 p.m. on May 19, 2016

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Rockford Police say they are investigating a homicide in the 3100 block of Wallin Avenue on Rockford's west side.

A media briefing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Details are limited at this time, however we will update you as we learn more.



 
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