It’s been a month and half since 16-year-old Keyaira Williams was shot and killed in a west Rockford alleyway. Now, 20-year-old Eurel Wilford is charged with two counts of first degree murder in her death.
Williams’ aunt, Tiffany Lee, says she’s relieved to know he’s been caught.
“We’re just glad they got him. We’re glad they got him as quick as they did,” said Lee.
Wilford was arrested on drug charges just one day after the fatal shooting, and remains behind bars. Rockford police say that arrest came after they investigated Wilford as a person of interest.
“The investigators that were working on the case, of course, you know, with a young person murdered like that, the investigation ran throughout the night and into the next day,” said Asst. Dep. Chief Carla Redd. “So we had persons of interest that we were looking at.”
This wasn’t Wilford’s first time being accused in a shooting death. He was charged with involuntary manslaughter in September of 2015, after allegedly shooting and killing his 11-year-old nephew. Wilford was out on bond at that time he allegedly killed Williams.
“Why’d they let him go in the first place? I mean, once a killer, I believe, always a killer in my mind,” said Lee.
When asked if the charges against Wilford bring any type of closure for their family, Lee says it doesn’t.
“Cause his family will get to see him again,” she said. “They’ll be able to see him. Keyaira’s not coming back. We won’t get to see Keyaira again.”
A Rockford man faces charges for the murder of a teenager and police didn’t have to go very far to find him.
Investigators charged Eurel Wilford, 20, with two counts of first degree murder. Police say he shot and killed a 15 year-old female in the 3100 block of Wallin Avenue back on May 19, 2016.
Wilford was already in custody at the Winnebago County Jail on an unrelated drug charge. He’d been lodged there since May 20th.