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Rockford-Illinois Stabbing Attack Takes Four Lives

Four individuals have tragically lost their lives, and at least five others have sustained injuries following a knife-wielding rampage in the state of Illinois, USA.

The suspect, identified as 22-year-old Christian Soto, has been apprehended and is facing multiple charges of first-degree murder. The incident, which unfolded in Rockford, stemmed from a home invasion on Wednesday afternoon.

Among the deceased are a 15-year-old girl, a 63-year-old woman, a 49-year-old man, and a 22-year-old man. Additionally, one of the injured victims is currently in critical condition.

Authorities have indicated that the motive behind the attacks remains unclear. Soto is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday at 13:30 CST (18:30 GMT).

While the initial home invasion took place on Florence Street, the subsequent attacks spanned across multiple locations within a 20-minute timeframe, according to police reports. Emergency calls flooded in rapidly as the assailant moved from one street to another.

Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana disclosed that a young woman suffered stab wounds to her hands and face while attempting to flee from the suspect. She is currently hospitalized and undergoing intubation. Another individual, described as a “good Samaritan” by Sheriff Caruana, sustained less severe stab wounds after intervening to aid the woman.

Rockford Police Chief Carla Redd clarified that not all victims suffered stab wounds, ruling out gunshot injuries. Authorities have stated that they do not believe there are any other suspects at large.

Expressing condolences to the affected families, Chief Redd stated, “Words can’t even express my thoughts right now… My heart goes out to the families right now who are suffering a loss.”

Residents of Rockford, including Ruth Gallagher, have expressed shock and sorrow over the incident. Gallagher revealed that her long-time postman was among the deceased, a sentiment echoed by the US Postal Service.

Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara conveyed his profound sadness for the lives lost and extended support to the community. “This is, obviously, a huge blow to all of us,” he remarked. “However, in Rockford fashion, we get knocked down, sometimes too much, but we always get back up stronger.”

To assist those affected, Mayor McNamara announced that free counseling services would be provided on Thursday and Friday at Flinn Middle School in Rockford.

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