A man was shot and killed on a rooftop deck in downtown Rockford nearly one year ago this week, and today a suspect has been charged with murder.

Shooting on Downtown Rockford Rooftop Began with a Party

According to a press release from the Rockford Police Department, the shooting happened on July 15, 2023 around 3:35 am during a rooftop party at Burnham Lofts in the center of Rockford's downtown at 202 W. State Street.

After reports of shots fired in the area, officers arrived on the scene and gained access to the building where they were advised that a shooting victim was on the rooftop.

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Rockford Police officers located 24-year-old Myles Seward who had multiple gunshot wounds and immediately transported him to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead from the injuries.

Suspect in Burnham Lofts Shooting Charged with Murder

During their investigation of the incident, Rockford Police Detectives found out about an apparent fight that took place on the Burnham Lofts rooftop that began with a verbal altercation and resulted in shots being fired toward the victim.

After a follow-up investigation by Rockford PD into the murder of Myles Seward, detectives were able to identify the suspect as 25-year-old Martavius Young from Rockford.

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Today (Tuesday) a warrant was issued for the arrest of Martavius Young and not long after, Rockford PD, intelligence officers, and SCOPE team were able to quickly locate Young and took him into custody in the 6500 block of E. State Street.

Winnebago County Sheriffs Office
Winnebago County Sheriffs Office

25-year-old Martavius Young has been charged with the following:

  • First Degree Murder
  • Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon (2 cts.)
  • Possession of Firearm without FOID Card

According to the Rockford Police Department, these charges are "merely accusations and all individuals are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law."

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