ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The Winnebago County Coroner has identified Miguel Perez, 54, as the Jehovah’s Witness gunned down in Rockford on Saturday.
According to police, Perez was waiting in his car while his family members were going door to door in the 1300 block of 7th Avenue around 11:46 a.m.
Witnesses said a white vehicle passed and the occupants fired shots at the man as it went by, killing him.
Perez was beyond resuscitation when paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead at 12:06 p.m.
Police were able to identify the 15-year-old suspect in the shooting, but his identity was not released because of his age. Also, no description was given.
A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
A GoFundMe has been started by Perez’ brother-in-law to help the family meet expenses.
“Miguel had been off work for almost a year due to a bad car accident. Because of this, he lost the life insurance he had through work. So this money will be used for the funeral expenses. Also because he was off work, there was some accrued debt that now needs to be paid off,” wrote Johnathan Trevino.
“The vehicle he was in when shot was currently our only vehicle. It is being used in the murder investigation, with no word to how long it will take to get it back. Even if and when we do get it back, we do not want to drive in it and may not get the value from it due to this incident.”