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UPDATE: Teen charged with 1st degree murder in fatal Rockford accident


The charges against Parham were read during a press conference held Thursday afternoon by the Winnebago County State's Attorney.

The list of charges against Parham is extensive, but there are still some things we don't know, like whether or not Parham was speeding. Plus, there were two other individuals in the car with him at the time.

However, the Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office isn't releasing any information about them.

"The case remains under investigation, and we will not foreclose the possibility that other charges related to this matter could come forward," State's Attorney Joe Bruscato said.

Traveon Parham's bond is set at $250,000. A first degree murder charge could land him 20 to 60 years locked up. Adding in the other accusations, he could stay behind bars for the rest of his life.

The case is being investigated by two units in the Rockford Police Department, Traffic DUI and Criminal Investigation.

Parham is due back in court on March 28.


A teen faces additional charges in the fatal crash that killed Karen Shafer on February 24.

Seventeen-year-old Traveon Parham has been charged with three count of first degree murder and other charges, 29 in total in Shafer's death. Parham, who was 16 at the time of the crash and allegedly the driver of the vehicle involved, was charged with the following:

  • 3 counts First Degree Murder
  • 4 counts Aggravated Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle
  • 2 counts Vehicle Theft Conspiracy
  • 1 count Aggravated DUI
  • 2 counts Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle
  • 2 counts Theft
  • 2 counts Reckless Homicide
  • 2 counts Aggravated DUI Great Bodily Harm
  • 1 count Aggravated DUI Under Influence Drugs
  • 3 counts Failure to Stop after having an accident involving personal injury or death
  • 2 counts Aggravated Reckless Driving
  • 5 counts Aggravated Fleeing to Elude

The incident began in the parking lot of Holy Family Church, where police had responded to reports of people breaking into cars. Police say during that call, a deputy with the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department spotted a suspect vehicle in the lot and the suspects in that car fled south on North Alpine, hitting Shafer's vehicle. She was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Parham and the other two teens, ages 15 and 17, were also taken to local hospitals for treatment but were released two days later.

All three teens were also found to be in violation of probation at the time. The other two teens are still being investigated.


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