Memorials Held for Two Murder Victims

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As many look ahead to 2017, family and friends of two shooting victims reflected Monday night.

Loved ones held a candlelight vigil for Joshua Jamerson. The 34-year-old was shot and killed at Cliffbreakers on New Year’s Day. Dozens showed up to pay their respects, including Jamerson’s daughter, who was understandably full of emotion.

“I feel like they just took half my heart away from me,” said Kabrea Jamerson. “He was my biggest supporter. But, then again, it’s a new start to a journey. It gives me determination and makes me want to push harder to make it, for my dad, like he always wanted.”

Three others were injured during the hotel shooting, including one man who is in critical condition.

A visitation for 16-year-old Rebecca Finkenhofer was also held Monday night. Dozens of people showed up to fill the hall at Harvest Bible Chapel in Loves Park. Many embraced each other in a show of support, as several speakers took the stage to share their favorite memories of Rebecca.

Police have charged Michael Mernack for Finkenhofer’s death. He’s accused of stabbing the teenager to death at her home in Machesney Park. He remains hospitalized in critical condition after being shot by Sheriff’s Deputies on scene.

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