By Katie Nilsson
ROCKFORD (WREX) - Rockford Police investigate a double murder in the same neighborhood as another one less than a year ago. Police found a husband and wife shot around 2am Monday. 34 year old Michael Clark and 29 year old Christa Clark were shot inside their home at 2108 21st Street. Police say there were kids inside at the time who were okay. Neighbors of the family were shocked.
"We have retired and young families that live here, nothing, nothing like this has ever happened," says neighbor Amanda Fry. She's lived in a home next to the Clark's for more than four years. She says most of the people in this south-east side neighborhood know each other. Even though the Clark's hadn't lived there for very long, Fry never thought something like this would happen. "We're all really quiet, everybody knows everybody's business around here so this really came as a surprise I mean they were a really nice couple."
Fry says that even with the murders, she still feels confident her neighborhood is safe. "I'm not concerned about the neighborhood in and of itself."
Others like Ray Rogers moved to the neighborhood less than a year ago. "For me it triggers, you know to look out more and you know to keep my guard up." He says it's scary that a double murder could happen so close and twice in less than a year. He's talking about Monday morning's murders and the murders last summer of Raynato and Leticia Cardino. "I mean last year there was a murder with two elderly people not too far and that was bad and this.
Omarrian Jones was arrested in the Cardino murder and is waiting for trial. Rogers hopes police find the person responsible for these murders too. "I just think it's a shame that that happened and the people that did that deserve to be punished."
Police arrested 26 year old Alexander Castillo in Janesville. He's charged with first degree murder.
Anibal Rosas and his family have lived here for more than eight years. He says it used to be safe but it's changed a lot in the past few months. "It was a very, very quiet neighborhood here but not anymore the last six months."
A motive for the murders was still not released.
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