Community reacts to Logan Bell's death - – Rockford’s News Leader

Community reacts to Logan Bell's death


After a confrontation between police and a teenager, those who knew Logan bell and his family come forward to share their thoughts on how to make sure events like this never happen again.

Police shot and killed 18-year-old Logan Bell. Reports show Bell raised his gun toward them after being repeatedly told to drop the weapon.

Now, the community around Bell and his Grandparent's recover from the shock.

Yolanda Fricks came home Thursday to police surrounding her home and the yard next to it. "They had my whole yard blocked off. I had to jump off the bus and come running."

What happened in the moments after that is unimaginable. She says the neighborhood is like a close knit family. And she often rides the bus with Logan Bell's grandfather Willie Bell.

"I had no idea anything like this was gonna happen, or anything. It was unexpected. Surprised a lot of us," said Fricks. "Cause I mean, like I said he's the neighbors grandson. So everybody was like, in awe."

Booker Woodard knows Bell's grandfather well, and stopped by to visit the family. He says this situation should be turned into a learning opportunity.

"We are not up on top of managing our environment and I think that is the situation that we have and that's what we're going to have to deal with," said Woodard

He thinks community leaders should work to create something good from something bad.

"Once we get over the tragedy, then we should come together and come up with a good good solution and make sure this does not happen again," said Woodard

Bell's family is taking care of his funeral arrangements with their pastor. They've asked members of the media to keep their distance as they continue to mourn the loss of their grandson.

The Coroner's office is waiting for Bell's toxicology tests to come back, which could take up to two weeks. Winnebago Co. Coroner Sue Fiduccia says she doesn't anticipate those to show anything out of the ordinary.

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