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Questions remain a month after Rock Falls teen's death

State’s attorney weighs reports as investigation lingers

Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

ROCK FALLS – One month after a Rock Falls High School student was shot and killed in the home of a state trooper, state police are still investigating what happened.

Few details have been released about what led to the death of 15-year-old Matt Anderson. So far, all police have said is that he was shot accidentally by a close friend just before noon March 1 at a house somewhere in Rock Falls. He died later that day at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.

Whiteside County State’s Attorney Trish Joyce said Tuesday that she had received several reports from state police, but that she was waiting for the investigation to be completed before she decides whether to file charges.

On Tuesday, state police Lt. Victor Markowski, the interim commander for Zone 2 investigations, said that the shooting investigation continues. He said he had no timeframe for when the investigation might be completed.

The community of Rock Falls was hit hard by Anderson’s death, with Rock Falls students wearing school colors in his memory – green and black.

Anderson played football and basketball for Rock Falls and was a member of the 2011 and 2013 Rock Falls Little League state champion teams.

The Rockets’ final basketball game of the season, 3 days after the boy’s death, ended in a 59-48 loss to Mendota. The game was an emotional one, with the student section’s chants of “Anderson” filling the rafters.

As news of the shooting spread, a memorial Facebook page was created. On Tuesday, it had garnered more than 3,000 likes, with well wishers near and far posting comments remembering Anderson, singing his praises, and sending prayers to the families involved.

At least one comment on the page raised questions about the circumstances of his death, as did many comments written by members of the public in comments on newspaper and television stories reporting Anderson’s death. Commenters asking why no one yet had been charged and why more details weren’t being released – questions that, a month after the tragedy, still go unanswered.

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