The following is a news release from the Rockford Police Department:

On Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at approximately 1:14 p.m., Rockford Police officers responded to multiple addresses in the area of Holmes Street, Winnetka Drive and Cleveland Avenue.

We are currently working through the details of the investigation and further updates will follow as the investigation continues. The suspect, Christian Soto, a 22-year-old male, was located in the same area and taken into custody at 1:35 p.m.

At the time of this release, there are four deceased victims: A 15-year-old female, a 63-year-old female, a 49-year-old male, and a 22-year-old male.

The City of Rockford issued a brief statement and posted identifications of the victims as follows:

-63-year-old Romona Schupbach

-22-year-old Jacob Schupbach

-49-year-old Jay Larson

-15-year-old Jenna Newcomb

“We’re thinking of the innocent victims of this week’s unthinkable tragedies.

“Let’s say the names of our victims more than we say the names of those accused of these heinous crimes.”

Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara issued the following statement:

“It’s hard to grasp how this could happen and how emotional and raw the community is tonight. This has been one of the most difficult weeks I have seen in my seven years as Mayor. As a dad, a son, a husband, the Mayor and a Rockford supporter, my heart is breaking for those who have lost their lives, their families and our community. If you are a person of prayer, please take a minute and pray for the victims, survivors, their families and our community.

“This is, obviously, a huge blow to all of us. However, in Rockford fashion, we get knocked down, sometimes too much, but we always get back up stronger. If you or someone you know has been impacted by this week’s incidents, please seek help. The emotions so many are feeling of sadness, anger, frustration and loss are real.

“We have partnered with RPS 205 and Rosecrance to offer free counseling Thursday and Friday at Flinn Middle School, 2525 Ohio Parkway.

“Let’s lift each other up and be strong together.”

There are five additional victims who were transported to local hospitals and are currently being treated for serious injuries.

This is a very active and multi-level, multi-agency investigation and has an extensive amount of moving parts. As with any investigation, further details and charges may come at a later date.

We encourage residents in the area to please review video or any additional information you may have and to please contact the Rockford Police Department at 815-966-2900, on Facebook (@RockfordIllinoisPoliceDepartment) or on Twitter (@RockfordPD).

To submit an anonymous tip, text the word RPDTIP and your tip to 847411 or get the Rockford PD App in the App Store or Google Play Store. You can also leave an anonymous tip with Rockford Area Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.

Christian Soto, suspect


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