On Saturday, Rockford residents joined city leaders for a vigil at the Walmart on Northridge Dr. to honor 18-year-old Jason Jenkins who was stabbed to death while working at that Walmart just eight days earlier.

Rockford Walmart Murder

On Sunday, March 24th, 2024 around 6:05 pm, Rockford Police responded to a call about a stabbing incident inside the Walmart store at 3849 Northridge Drive in Rockford. When they arrived, an 18-year-old man, identified as Jason Jenkins, was suffering from a stab wound to his back.

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18-Year-Old Man Dies Following Racially-Motivated Stabbing at Rockford Walmart

Multiple news sources reported that surveillance footage from the Northridge Walmart showed Carter grabbing a silver kitchen knife and red hunting knife off the store shelves before walking around the store "giving all of the African American people dirty looks."

After a short time, Carter walked up behind Jenkins and stabbed him once in the back. Jenkins then started screaming for help, according to witnesses. Carter was also heard saying racial slurs.

Jason Jenkins Vigil

Saturday at Jason's vigil, Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara was joined by State Rep. Maurice West and NAACP Rockford President George Scott.

Geroge Scott shared, "[...] it's important we all come together and start sharing more love [...]"

One way that you can share some love is to add to a GoFundMe college fund set up for Jaso's twin brother, Jasper.

Justice for Jason: Supporting the Future of His Twin Brother Jasper

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By contributing to this GoFundMe campaign, you are not only honoring Jason’s memory but also empowering Jasper to pursue a future filled with promise and opportunity. Your generous donations will directly support Jasper’s college fund, providing him with the resources and encouragement needed to follow in his brother’s footsteps and create a legacy of resilience and determination.

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