WINNEBAGO COUNTY (IL) UNSOLVED MURDERS Joshua Range January 12, 2002 Rockford IL
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“He was my everything.”
Eight years and a month ago, Kathy Collins lost her best friend when Joshua Range lost his life, the victim of a brutal murder.
“He was my son; he was my best friend. He’s a good kid. I don’t know how anyone could have done something this horrific,” says Range’s mom, Julie Range.
On the morning of January 12, 2002, the 19-year-old Rochelle resident was
found stabbed to death in a drainage ditch at Rockford’s Summerdale Park near 2815 Overdene Ave.
“We feel very strongly the person who killed Josh, Josh knew,” says Rockford Police Deputy Chief Greg Lindmark.
Range’s car was found four hours later about three miles from the murder scene.
“We were able to determine he was killed in the park. His car was taken, from what we believe, from the suspect and taken to the 1100 block of Winnebago,” says Lindmark.
Back in Rochelle, the news of Range’s death came as a total shock. “I thought you were all joking. I was making deviled eggs. I never made them since. I can’t even boil an egg,” says Range’s best friend Kathy Collins. Josh’s friends remember the recent Rochelle High School graduate as someone who loved his cars.
“Had to be a Baretta with tinted windows.”
“Very wide variety, just very musical in general.”
And loved to work his magic in the kitchen.
“Making the best Banana Splits.”
“This is his 8th grade graduation.”
While Julie Range vividly remembers a phone call she made to her youngest of two sons the afternoon before Josh’s murder.
“I told him I loved him, and he of course said ‘Oh Mom, quit you know. I love you too,’ and that’s the last I talked to him,” says Range.
According to police the investigation suggests that Range’s death may have been a date gone bad.
“And he had come to Rockford for what he told friends was a date. We were never able to determine who this date was with. It was a male friend of his.
And they liked to meet in various parks in Rockford. In this particular case he was supposed to meet with an individual later in the evening,” says Lindmark.
Obviously there’s someone out there with information. What would you say to that person who’s watching? “Help me heal, let me get closure. I’m tired of crying,” says Collins.
“They say it gets better; it doesn’t. It eats away at you. When he died, your life does change,” says Range.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police Detective Bureau at (815) 319-6400 or Crime Stoppers (815) 963-7867.
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Illinois Cold Cases
HOME INVASION On 6-7-18 at approximately 1711 hours officers responded to a local hospital where they met with a male victim who stated he was the victim of a home invasion.
The victim stated he was home alone at 1221 12th St when two subjects entered his home and began beating him with a handgun. Due to a language barrier the victim was unable to understand the suspects’ demands.
One suspect pointed a handgun at the victim at which point he pushed the gun away and shot was fired. The suspects then fled the residence on foot at which time the victim called for help. The victim was not struck by gunfire and his injuries were non life-threatening.
Suspect #1 is a black male, 25-30 years old, 5’11” tall, 150 pounds, braided hair, armed with a handgun
Suspect #2 is a black male, 25-30 years old, 5’11” tall, 150 pounds, armed with a knife
Anyone with information is asked to contact Winnebago County Crime Stoppers or the Rockford Police Department.