Gun Violence Claims Another Rockford (Illinois) Student-Athlete

Auburn friend and teammate Yahmir Muhammad tells WREX-TV:

“It’s hard, it’s hard. But we still want to focus on what we have to do and we want to pray for his family. We know that he would have wanted us to do good at basketball and succeed and excel. We’re playing for him basically.”

(1-5-17) On December 27th, 2016 the 26th homicide was recorded in Rockford,  Illinois.  The murder was the 10th person under the age of 18  in the Northern Illinois city in 2016.

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Lavontay Allen

The victim, 15 year old Lavontay Allen, was sitting at a red light in the back seat of his mother’s car, with his mother and another woman in the front seat.  That’s when another car drove up beside the Allen vehicle and opened fire, Allen was killed and his mother who was injured survived. Allen was a sophomore at Rockford Auburn  and was a member of the Sophomore basketball team, he also played football for the Knights.  Lavontay was the second RPS 205 student-athlete murdered in 2016.  This past June 15-year old Gregory Hill, who was a member of the Rockford East basketball team, was shot and killed at a party at 1:30 am.

The FBI’s list of the country’s most dangerous cities and the number of violent crimes per 10,000 people.

St. Louis, Missouri: 88.1
Memphis, Tennessee: 84.2
Detroit, Michigan: 83.4
Birmingham, Alabama: 82.8
Rockford, Illinois: 76.3
Balimore, Maryland: 67.7
Stockton, California: 67.4
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: 65.3
Cleveland, Ohio: 61.5
Hartford, Connecticut: 55.8

Allen’s Funeral will be held this Friday (January 6th) at noon, in the evening the Knights will travel to Harlem for a league game.

Allen’s school (Rockford Auburn)  this past fall found national attention, when a group of players on the highly successful football team, were pictured kneeling during the National Anthem.  No discipline actions were taken against any of the student-athletes and they repeated their actions again, school officials would not allow students or coaches to talk about the incident.

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