ROCKFORD (WREX) — Dozens of people came to the 400 block of Independence Ave. to celebrate the life of a woman killed in a Monday car crash, but hours later, Lee Lowe, who hosted the vigil says tragedy struck his neighborhood.
"It was like crazy because my son-in-law, he got shot, his brother got shot, another guy and then the one that died. It was just senseless because like I said, we were at a vigil last night," Lowe said.
Lowe says the 36-year-old who died from the shooting had just hugged Lowe’s wife at the vigil, and was gone minutes later.
“He just came over to give his condolences and everything and then that was it,” Lowe said. “He walked back out my door, not even a good three minutes, and then all the bullets just started flying."
Trameka Davis lives right next to where the shooting happened on Tuesday and says she was just minutes away from being caught in the crossfire.
“As soon as we went upstairs, not two minutes after I closed my door, you heard all the gunshots," Davis said.
But even though her and her family is safe, she says she doesn’t feel that way, even when it comes down to walking outside her home.
“Just walk out your door and walk to your car, that's the fear,” Davis said. “You could just be going to your car to go somewhere, and you could die.”
With both Davis and Lowe still picking up the pieces after Tuesday’s violence, they beg the community to lay down their guns.
"You're taking innocent people, you're hurting people's family, your family is getting hurt. Every time you pull a trigger, somebody's family could get hurt and your family could get hurt," Lowe said.
"It's not worth it. This is our lives. People did not have to die last night for nothing. What did they die for?" Davis said.
Lowe says he’s already moved once in the last five years due to violence in Rockford and fears he may have to move again after last night’s shooting.