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Friday, November 9 2012, 07:44 PM EST
Rockford Community Still Shaken Following its First Ever Murder

ROCKFORD - The small farming village of Rockford, still reeling after 40 year old Daniel Martin allegedly shot his girlfriend, 26 year old Melinda Shinn Thursday morning…all while her 9-year old son was also inside the home.


 “It’s very hard, we just don’t expect that in our area” said Rockford Police Chief, Paul May.


While police investigated the crime scene, Martin got away in a 1998 Ford Explorer and apparently drove to Fort Wayne, Indiana where he has family ties.
While the truck has been found, Martin is still at large and with a lengthy criminal record to boot, he’s considered armed and dangerous.


“We don’t know what he’s capable of, we’re sure he’s scared and he knows we’re looking for him” said Mercer Co. Sheriff, Jeff Grey


Police say the couple had a history of domestic issues and visited the home several times.


Rockford’s mayor tried to reassure the village of its safety, which is still shaken by its first homicide, ever.


“This wasn’t just a random thing that it was between two people and that the village should feel safe” Amy Joseph, Rockford Mayor
 
And that feeling of safety is what many residents are trying to regain.


“We’ll all recover, a month from now, you may occasionally hear about it but our community will do fine, our town will do fine” said Gary Brehm, Rockford resident.


Police say Shinn’s 9 year old son is now with relatives. 

Rockford Community Still Shaken Following its First Ever Murder

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