Candlelight vigil honors Rockford murder victim

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) ─ A community comes together to honor and remember Robert “Pair-A-Dice” Wash, two days after he was gunned down.

They gathered at the intersection of Rose and Lincoln avenues Thursday evening. People lit candles, released balloons and offered memories and comfort to those around them.

Robert Wash was shot and killed outside a Harrison Avenue apartment building Tuesday night. No one has been arrested.

Many people knew the 40-year-old by his rap name “Pair-A-Dice.” They say his death is hard to process

“I mean, he didn’t want this violence, you know. Everybody knows the problems and the issues we’re having in this city,” said friend of Wash for more than 20 years Jason Tiesman. “It’s sad, you know. You want to do something to stop, you know, and he was one of those people and everyone is asking why him, you know, because he wanted good.”

A second vigil is planned for Friday, October 18th. It will be held in front of East High School at 7 p.m.

The death of Robert Wash marks Rockford’s 17th murder of the year.

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