UPDATE: Family holds candlelight vigil for couple killed in Rockford

Published: Apr. 12, 2018 at 11:09 PM CDT
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Updated April 20, 2018, 12:57 p.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Friends and family gather Thursday night to remember Stephanie Martin and Anthony Schnell, the couple killed as they were crossing the street last Thursday in the same spot where the pair lost their lives.

Stephanie's mom, Virginia Martin, remembers her as outgoing and fun loving. Anthony's grandfather, Robert Schnell, says Anthony would help anyone out despite challenges in his own life. He says the boyfriend and girlfriend were crossing the street on a frontage road just south of Samuelson last Thursday night when they were hit by a car.

"What I'll miss most is she's always been with me. She's 26 years old and she's always been with me. It'll be hard to be without her," said Martin.

"Being with him, me and him and his brother would get together every Sunday morning at Johnny Pamcakes and talk about what had happened the week before," said Schnell.

No charges have been filed against the driver that hit the couple. Stephanie's family says they're having a benefit for her Sunday at the Rockton Inn from 1 until 5 p.m. Her funeral is planned for Monday.


Updated April 13, 2018,

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Winnebago County Coroner Bill Hintz releases the names of the two pedestrians killed in a crash Thursday night.

The Winnebago County Coroner's Office says 24-year-old Anthony Schnell and 26-year-old Stephanie Martin died of blunt force trauma to the head, neck and chest.


Updated April 13, 2018, 12:04 p.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - The city of Rockford says the two pedestrians killed Thursday night are a 24-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman.

The man was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead while the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the man and woman in on a frontage road in the 5400 block of 11th Street has minor injuries.

The names of the victims are not being released at this time.


UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Rockford Police confirm the two people killed in Thursday night's crash on the frontage road near 11th Street were pedestrians.

Authorities tell 23 News it appears a man and a woman tried to cross the street in front of the car. The names of the victims have not yet been released. No charges have been filed against the driver at this time.


Posted April 12, 2018, 11:09 p.m.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Two people are dead after a serious traffic accident in the 5400 block of 11th Street. That is just south of Samuelson Road near the Pine Tree Pistol Club.

The accident happened just after 8:45 p.m. Thursday.

The investigation is currently ongoing.