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Two months after student's death, investigation ongoing

State’s attorney to meet with investigators next week on March 1 shooting

Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

ROCK FALLS – Two months after the shooting death of a Rock Falls High School student at the hand of a friend, the investigation continues into what happened that Saturday morning.

Early reports from Illinois State Police were quick to call the death of 15-year-old Matt Anderson an accident. But with the investigation entering its third month, it raises questions of whether the incident was so cut-and-dried.

Whiteside County State’s Attorney Trish Joyce said Wednesday that she will meet next with with investigators and hopes to have lab reports to review at that time.

Calls to state police Lt. Victor Markowski, interim commander for Zone 2 investigations, and Monique Bond, state police spokeswoman, were not returned.

A Facebook page created shortly after Anderson’s death has almost 4,000 likes, with its fans sharing memories and photos and friends supporting each other through their time of grieving.

On June 28, this year’s third annual youth day, hosted by Giving Power to Adolescents, a youth organization, will be in honor of Anderson.

Half the proceeds earned by GPA at the youth day will be given to the Anderson family. The event has been named, “Youth Day: Anderson Strong.”

The day will include a 5K run, a craft fair, and a range of activities available throughout the day at Grandon Civic Center.

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