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UPDATE: Raheem King, Lakeacia and Teresa Kizart plead not guilty

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Published: Apr. 7, 2018 at 9:34 AM CDT
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Updated May 1, 2018, 7:15 p.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Raheem King, his girlfriend Lakeacia Kizart and her mother Teresa Kizart all plead not guilty to their charges involving the deaths of Daijon Sistrunk, Martavies Blake and Sean Anderson.

King is charged with killing the three men on a charter bus near the corner of Johnston Avenue and Auburn Street on April 7.

Tuesday in court, King pled not guilty to all of those charges. Lakeacia Kizart and Teresa Kizart also appeared in court Tuesday; Lakeacia is accused of hindering apprehension and concealing and aiding a fugitive while Teresa faces charges of concealing and aiding a fugitive.

"I hope to get justice really for Martavies, Sean and Daijon. They weren't gang bangers or anything like that so justice is definitely needed," said Jaia Campbell, sister of Daijon Sistrunk.

Teresa and Lakeacia Kizart are set to appear back in court on May 29 to discuss their bonds. Their defense attorney is hoping for their bonds to be reduced; both are at $1 million right now.

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Updated April 30, 2018, 1:16 p.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A grand jury returns a 135 count bill of indictment against 22-year-old Raheem King the man accused of killing three people on a party bus earlier this month.

Those charges include 126 counts of first-degree murder four counts of aggravated unlawful restraint and armed robbery as well as one count of aggravated vehicular hijacking.

King is expected to be back in court Tuesday. The woman accused of helping King after the murders, 21-year-old Lakeacia Kizart is also due in court Tuesday.

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Updated April 12, 2018, 6:49 p.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The man charged with killing three people early Saturday morning had his first court appearance earlier Thursday along with his girlfriend, Lakeacia Kizart.

Extra security was staffed on each side of the doors to the courtroom because of how high-profile this case was. There were also about six security officers inside the courtroom as well.

22-year-old Raheem King faces four counts of first-degree murder for shooting and killing Daijon Sistrunk, Martavies Blake, and Sean Anderson.

Kizart is looking at two counts of concealing or aiding a fugitive. The 21-year-old is accused of driving King to multiple locations and purposely taking him out of the Winnebago County jurisdiction after he committed the murders.

King has no bail, while Kizart faces a $1 million bail.

"Pursuant to statute, certain offenses are presumed 'not bailable.' These are some of those offenses because of the potential penalty of mandatory natural life for having killed more than one person. So should Mr. King be convicted, he faces mandatory natural life. Pursuant to statue, he is presumed to be non-bailable and can be held by the court," said Marilyn Hite Ross, who serves as Chief of the Criminal Bureau for the Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office.

Kizart and King are also ordered to have no contact with each other. If they do make contact, it is considered a violation of bond and then the two will be brought back into court.

Ross would not comment on how long that no contact rule will be in effect.

The arraignment is scheduled for May 17. On April 18, there is a bond review for Kizart. Her attorney will argue for her bond to be lowered.

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Updated April 11, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The man police believe shot and killed three people while on a private bus early Saturday morning is now in custody.

"We're very happy to have Mr. King in custody at this time as he was a great threat to the public,” said Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea.

Raheem King is now behind bars. Police believe he is responsible for killing three men with an assault rifle while on a charter bus.

"The victims were later identified as Daijon Sistrunk, 22-years old, Martavies Blake 21-years-old and Sean Anderson 27-years old,” said Chief O’Shea.

The search for King came to an end Wednesday when investigators say King and his 21-year-old girlfriend turned themselves in to police. They were arrested and are now at the Winnebago County Jail

"Charges of first degree murder are against Raheem King and charges of concealing or aiding a fugitive are against Lakeacia Kizart,” said Chief O’Shea.

Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato says Kizart's charge of concealing or aiding a fugitive is felony. She could spend one to three years in prison. King faces 4 counts of first degree murder.

"Those possible penalties should he be convicted, would be automatic natural life,” said Bruscato.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and there is a possibility for additional charges, but for now, authorities say the community should be happy to know he's off the streets.

"We have a person who is dangerous, has committed a heinous crime in our community in custody and that we can now allow the criminal justice system to do its work,” said Bruscato.

The Winnebago County State's Attorney's office says King is charged with four counts of first degree murder to increase the number of theories or charges for a judge or jury to consider.

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Updated April 11, 2018, 7:15 p.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Rockford police say Raheem King and his girlfriend, 21-year-old Lakeacia Kizart, turned themselves in to authorities Wednesday.

Police say King is charged with first-degree murder while Kizart is charged with concealing or aiding a fugitive.

Kizart is being held on $1 million bond.

Investigators say King faces natural life in prison. He is being held with no bond.

King and Kizart are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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Updated April 11, 2018, 5:49 p.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Raheem King is now in custody.

The 22-year-old is accused of killing Martavies Blake, Daijon Sistrunk and Sean Anderson on a charter bus early Saturday morning.

Rockford police will have a press conference at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

We will continue to update you as we learn more.

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Updated April 10, 2018, 7:06 p.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - The Rockford Police Department is still searching for 22-year-old Raheem King who they believe shot and killed three men while on a private charter bus early Saturday morning.

Police say finding King is their top priority. Rockford police Chief Dan O'Shea says the department is working with its state and federal partners to arrest him.

Officers are continuing to ask for the public's help coming forward with any information that could lead to King's arrest; Chief O'Shea says King is considered to be armed and dangerous.

"We will do everything in our power to make sure that we locate whoever is helping him, whoever they may be, him or her and backtrack afterward and seek prosecution of that individual or individuals to the fullest extent of the law for aiding and abetting a fugitive from justice," said Chief O'Shea.

Police say it is obvious someone is helping King avoid being arrested. Investigators also believe King is in possession of an assault rifle.

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Updated April 9, 2018, 6:10 p.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) Community and family members are sharing their reaction to the deadly shooting. Now, they are asking for changes in response to this tragedy.

"Matravius was taken away from us in the most horrible way, however, how he died has no representation of the life that he lived because he lived a life of love," said Matravius Blake's mother Teva Moore.

Moore says Blake had a great sense of humor.

"He had the best personality. He was the type of person that could laugh at any situation. He had so much energy," said Moore.

The 21-year-old was one of three people shot and killed in a private charter bus early Saturday morning.

"He was loved, and unfortunately the person that took his life may not have received that same type of love," said Moore.

Around 3:30, police got a call about shots fired near Auburn Street and Johnston Avenue. Those shots killed Blake, along with 22-year-old Daijon Sistrunk and 27-year-old Sean Anderson.

"I'm frustrated, I'm angry. And wondering why people these days find the need to immediately go to gun violence to solve any dispute that they have," said Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara.

If something doesn't change, Moore fears many others may suffer the same fate as her son.

"We need to get this community in a better place so that these children are not hurt and hurting other people," said Moore.

22-year-old Raheem King is charged with four counts of first-degree murder for those three deaths. King is not in custody. Police are asking anyone with information to please come forward.

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Updated April 9, 2018, 2:22 p.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - The Winnebago County Coroner's Office confirms the identities of the three men killed on a charter bus Saturday.

Coroner Bill Hintz says the victims are 22-year-old Daijon Sistrunk, of Rockford, 21-year-old Martavies Blake, of Rockford, and 27-year-old Sean Anderson, of Rockford.

Hintz says the preliminary causes of death for the three men are from gunshot wounds.

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Updated April 9, 2018, 12:07 p.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Rockford police are searching for 22-year-old Raheem King who they believe killed three people on a private bus early Saturday morning.

According to court records, the victims are Martavies Blake, Daijon Sistrunk and Sean Anderson.

Investigators say King is believed to be in possession of an assault rifle and is considered to be armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Rockford Police Department or Crime Stoppers.

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Updated April 7, 2018, 8:10 p.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Rockford Police have identified the man they believe shot and killed three passengers on a private charter bus early Saturday morning.

Police say an arrest warrant was obtained and charges filed for 22-year-old Raheem King.

Police say a preliminary investigation discovered King was armed with an assault rifle and shot three people. Following the shooting, the passengers on the bus left the scene. The driver then drove to Springfield Avenue where he called the police.

Raheem King is charged with four counts of first degree murder. Police are asking the public's help in locating King.

Police say King is believed to be in possession of the assault rifle and is considered armed and dangerous.

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Posted April 7, 2018, 9:32 a.m.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Three people are dead after a shooting on a charter bus around 3:30 Saturday morning.

Police say they responded to the 400 block of Springfield Avenue for reports of several people being shot. When police got to the scene they found three people dead inside a private charter bus that had been rented out on Friday.

During an investigation, police say the suspect was a passenger on the bus. Police say the shooting took place near Auburn Street and Johnston Avenue. The bus then drove to Springfield Avenue where the bus driver called the police and met with officers.

The Rockford Police Department is asking for the public's help with providing information regarding the investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Rockford Police Department.