Parents of Rockford Murder Victim Remember Son

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Andrew Barth's parents say their 21-year-old son had a sense of humor. The memories are flowing for Tim and Rhonda Barth after Andrew was shot and killed Monday afternoon.

"I just burst into tears," said Tim Barth.

Tim says Andrew had moved to Rockford from Georgia in September and he was just starting out his career.

"His passion was landscaping, bobcat work, anything outdoors so we started (the company) MPH Landworks. We bought him a dump truck, started to get it going with him and he just started getting some good customers here," explains Tim.

Andrew's death is the 8th murder in Rockford this year. His family says something has to be done about the crime.

"We've got to make some changes and I hope Andrew's death is maybe the catapult to helping make the changes that need to be done, that he doesn't die in vain. And I refuse to allow him to be a statistic," said Tim Barth.

While the Barths fight for Andrew, they also want to thank the stranger who let Andrew in his home and called 911 the day he was shot.

"I don't know who the people were that Andrew went on to their front porch, but I would love to thank them for calling and helping him however they could," says Andrew's mother Rhonda Barth.

To the person who helped Andrew, if you're interested you can contact the Barths at their shop, Modular Powerhouse located at 601 W. Jefferson St. in Rockford.

The Rockford Fire Department is investigating the ambulance response time to get to Andrew Barth on Monday after he was shot. For details on that story click the attached link.

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