UPDATE: RPD said they were at Dahlquist Park earlier today and found a body. It appears to be a suicide according to the RPD. They are not releasing anymore information on this right now, but plan on releasing a statement later on. As soon as they do, we will update this.
Several sources are reporting a scene with a lot of police officers and a police K-9 dog. It happened in the area of Dahlquist Park in Rockford. Neighbors tell RS they heard gunshots in the same area last night. Also this is the same area where they unconfirmed found a missing teens vehicle. Unknown if it is related to either incident. All we can confirm right now, is numerous police officers on scene and are not letting anyone near the park. We will post updates as they become available
Liam Burdick, 18, of Rockford IL, passed away Monday, May 14th. He was born in Mauston, WI on February 18th, 2000. Liam attended Harlem High School and in his spare time, he loved to snuggle his dogs Nico and Alyce. He also loved to sing, draw and write poetry. Liam was an active member of his community, participating and leading several groups, activities and was a powerful advocate for equality.
Liam is survived by his mother Phyllis Gallisath, father Jason Gallisath, sister Taiah Gallisath, brother Ryker Gallisath, his birth father Herbert Lee Burdick III and their family, his loving partner Celeste Rub, his grandparents, Vicki Legge, Linda and Mike Parent, Don and Karen Gallisath and Dorothy Bunjes, an overwhelming amount of extended family both blood and bond alike, PFLAG Rockford, DiversCity Youth Group, The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance Youth Committee, Action Camp folks, his TEACH family at Harlem High School, and all of the lives he touched during his short time here.
His wonderful spirit, joy, and talents will be celebrated Monday, May 21st at one of his favorite places, Rock Cut State Park, Loves Park IL in the West Lake Shelter at 3 pmwith a gathering for a fellowship to immediately follow at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Rockford IL.
“I have felt my mother’s warmth. I have given my soul to other souls. I have loved and been loved more than I can recall. I have been accepted. I have been cherished and celebrated. I have lived. I will always live.” – Liam Burdick
UPDATE: Hello, I am Liam’s uncle. I am sorry to inform you that his body was found this morning.
The family would like to express its deepest gratitude for the assistance with the search.
We ask that you please give us privacy and time as we mourn his loss.
Thank you, much love. Travis
Liam’s car has been found at Dahlquist Park. He was not in it and is still missing.
Liam was last seen at Mcdonald’s on E State (4600 block of E State St) last night at 11:pm
RS fan Phyllis Legge Gallisath: Liam my 18 year old son, has been missing since 3:pm Monday, May 14th. He was last seen in a 98’ Silver, Chevy Blazer. The driver side door is held together with a bungee cord, license plate AG4 6603. I am hoping he is still in the Rockford area but really unsure…. If you have any leads, please contact me or the police right away.