After the death of Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox, there are many questions left to be answered. But, just like everyone else, the family of the man who was also killed in the incident is searching for answers.
Kingdom Authority Church Pastor Melvin Brown spoke on behalf of the Pattersons. The family says on top of mourning and grieving they have to be patient too, while they wait for investigators to bring them the answers these families desperately want.
“Something went wrong,” said Brown. “We don’t know what went wrong. All we know is two great people are dead.”
Patterson’s family says they are also involved in an emotionally painful situation, that has many unanswered questions. Eddie Patterson, 49, was the other man who died in the incident on Sunday.
“No matter how a life is taken, a loved one has left from here,” said Brown. “You’re going to miss that loved one, period.”
Patterson leaves behind three children, four grandchildren and a girlfriend of many years. The Patterson family wanted to bring a voice to their lost loved one. As they share the pain they’re feeling, along side those in mourning like law enforcement and the Rockford community.
“It’s going to be a great loss to the community,” said Brown. “The officer is going to be a great loss to the community because he was there doing his job.”
Officer Cox’s death was ruled a homicide, but Patterson’s family says he was not a violent man. Patterson did have issues in the past. He was convicted nearly 20 years ago for felony child abuse. He also had traffic violations and had his license revoked. But, he hadn’t been in court in nearly 10 years. So, what happened on the street of the incident is something his family doesn’t understand.
“The family is hurt about their brother and they’re hurt about an officer,” said Brown. “They don’t want it on record that their brother just actually tried to take an officer’s life.”
Patterson’s funeral services are set for Saturday, November 11th.