Victims identified from double homicide in east Rockford

Published: Jul. 31, 2019 at 2:31 PM CDT
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Two victims were identified after being shot and killed near Hutchins Avenue and Pearl Street on Monday night.

Rockford men Phillip Butler, 30, and Trifari Hughes, 29, were identified as the victims.The Winnebago County Coroner's Office says gunshot wounds are the preliminary cause of death for both victims.

Police say Butler and Hughes were outside Monday around 8:30 p.m. when they were shot in the 2000 block of Hutchins Avenue. When police arrived, they say one man appeared to be dead on the scene, and the other man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officers have not yet determined a suspect. The Rockford Police Department are investigating the deaths as a