UPDATE: Freeport Man Charged With Ex-Girlfriend's Murder

- UPDATE (4/14/14): The Stephenson County State's Attorney's Office has issued the following charges against Kevin Scott:
  • 6 counts of 1st degree murder
  • Aggravated Unlawful Restraint
  • Unlawful Restraint
  • Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Domestic Battery
  • Possession of a Firearm By a Felon

– The street where 31 year-old Melissa Nickel was shot by her ex-boyfriend 31 year-old Kevin Scott is on a quiet street in Freeport. The couple had been in a relationship for more than two years, until it took a violent turn. Neighbors watched in horror as Nickel was shot in the head in front of the home they once shared on Wednesday.  “I had seen the man come outside, and the lady was running, and I had seen him come outside shoot her in the back and then in her shoulder, and then he went up to her and flipped her around with his foot and shot her like right here towards the eye.” said Quiande Alexander, a witness who watched the terrifying incident from his front porch. 

Alexander is friends with one of Nickel's two daughters, and said Kevin Scott targeted one of her children as well.  “He tried to shoot at her daughter, but she ran in an alley towards Locust Street.”

Alexander said that Nickel and her two daughters were afraid of Kevin Scott. “She said she did not really like him, he always either tried to hit her, or yell at her and everything, put her on punishment.”

For those who are stuck in an abusive relationship, and feel like there is no way out, there is. Remedies is a domestic abuse treatment center in Rockford that helps victims with programs, and also offers shelter to those in need.

Counselors at Remedies warn that an order of protection like Nickel had just taken out on Scott does not mean you are any safer. “If he threatened to use weapons or strangled you or dangerous things like that, an order of protection which indicates separation can increase the level of danger.” said Megan Bechon-Lutmer, a counselor at Remedies.

Counselors suggest going to a shelter, or getting away from home, and away from the abuser. “The dynamics of domestic violence include power and control and you leaving takes away that power and that leaves the abuser willing to do almost anything.” said Bechon-Lutmer.

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