Victims in Illinois Bowling Alley Shooting Honored

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Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara addresses the mourners gathered for a vigil
Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara addresses the mourners gathered for a vigil at Don Carter Lanes for the six victims of a shooting that occurred there, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 in Rockford, Ill. (Scott P. Yates/Rockford Register Star via AP)

ROCKFORD, Ill. — Hundreds of people have attended a vigil honoring three people killed in a shooting at a bowling alley in northern Illinois.

Three others were also injured in last month’s shooting. Authorities charged 37-year-old Duke Webb in the shootings at Rockford’s Don Carter Lanes. The shooting was believed to be random.

“Words I know will never be enough but I certainly and sincerely pray that you find comfort and that you find peace,” Mayor Tom McNamara said to the victims' families during Saturday's vigil, according to The Rockford Register Star. “Please know that as difficult as these times are for you and your families, you are not alone."

Three men were killed in the shooting.

Jerome Woodfork of Rockford was retired. The 69-year-old was an avid bowler known for his bright personality. Dennis Steinhoff of Rockford was a Vietnam veteran. The 73-year-old was a longtime basketball referee. Sixty-five-year-old Thomas Furseth of Machesney Park had a long career at the Chrysler plant in Belvidere.

Webb's attorney has said her client may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and she will seek court permission for mental health and fitness evaluation. Webb joined the Army in 2008 and did multiple tours in Afghanistan, the Army said.

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