The aunt of the woman killed by a stray bullet last week at the Fairgrounds Housing Project is speaking out as the Rockford Housing Authority holds a session with residents outlining new security measures.
RHA CEO Ron Clewer telling residents Wednesday night that RHA officials will be moving into a vacant unit inside the housing complex. They are also working to bring in their own dispatch service into their downtown office to monitor all eleven different RHA sites.
Fairgrounds was the site of a violent crime scene Friday when 25 year old Rachel Garrett was shot and killed inside of her home by a stray bullet. Eyewitnesses reported hearing several shots fired that night. No arrests have been made.
Garrett’s aunt says the deceased mother of four was trying to move because of concerns for her and her children’s safety. “The first time she went for help,” Lynetta Hudson told ‘Eyewitness News,’ “Rockford Housing told her from my understanding according to my niece that they still could not place her because there was a waiting process. So that was two years ago. they shot at her house again my niece is gone.”
Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Carauna also announced that he is building a tactical team with Rockford Police looking for gang members inside Fairgrounds.