Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Rob Wilde

This is such a heartbreaking story.

From Kenosha News:

Kenosha Police are continuing their search for two suspects in an armed robbery that ended with the killing of a Somers teenager Sunday night.

Robert W. Wilde, a student at Indian Trail Academy, was killed during a robbery at Shirl’s Drive-In, 7943 Sheridan Road, at about 9:40 p.m.

Wilde, one of six people working at the restaurant and ice cream shop during the robbery, was found lying outside the building by police who responded to a 911 call from employees. He was later pronounced dead at Kenosha Medical Center.

The store’s 42-year-old manager, James Hagelund, was also shot and was treated and released from the same hospital.

...Kenosha Police were called to Shirl’s at 9:39 p.m. Sunday for reports of an armed robbery with shots fired.

Police believe that two masked suspects, one armed with a gun and one with a knife, entered the restaurant through a back door as employees were preparing to close for the night.

The two men demanded money and took an undetermined amount of cash from the restaurant after shooting two employees, Rafferty said.

Police said there were four female employees, ages 17 to 20, in the restaurant when the robbery occurred. Rafferty said one of the women was able to lock herself in the bathroom, Two others fled outside and hid by a neighboring business, while the fourth hid inside the restaurant.

Rafferty said it is unclear whether Wilde was shot outside the restaurant, or whether he made his way outside after the shooting.

...Police are seeking two suspects both described as Hispanic men between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall.

One suspect was described as having long hair and was wearing a tan parka, blue shirt, camouflaged pants and a black mask at the time of the shooting.

The other suspect is described as wearing a red or brown parka or sweatshirt, a green shirt, tan shorts and a black mask.

The two suspects are still at large.

Rob Wilde's murderer is a free man. I wonder what he's thinking right now.

Is he aware of how devastated Rob's family and friends are because of his senseless, barbaric act?

Rob was described as "courageous, 'smart, funny and always caring.'"

It's horrible to steal from a business, but to take this young man's life in the process is so cold-blooded. I don't understand how a person can be capable of doing that.

Does the murderer have no conscience, no respect for life whatsoever?

It's incomprehensible to me.

I hope the thugs responsible for Rob's death are apprehended soon and they pay for their crimes. Whatever their punishments, that won't ever undo what they've done.

My heart goes out to Rob's family and friends. I hope they find strength in their faith and some comfort in knowing that they're in the prayers of many.

Rob's death is such a terrible loss. It's so terribly sad.


Anonymous said...

Incredibly sad. 18 years old. Just breaks my heart. For 14 dollars this guy lost his life. Rest in Heaven Robbie.

Anonymous said...

Heartbreaking is an understatement. But are there really words to describe this terrible event. I can't even begin to tell you what it has done to Robbie's parents, his brother and sister. There just aren't words. Now they're looking for a third suspect. I hope these B**tards rot in hell for what the did. $14 is the value they put on his life. He was always a very kind and wonderful young man. I know because I'm Robbie's grandmother. Not only has it broken our hearts--I can't even comfort his Mom, my daughter.

Mary said...

"Anonymous, 12:03 PM, August 05, 2009,"

I have no way of knowing that you are the person you claim to be.

You'd be surprised how many commenters impersonate individuals.

That said--

To Robbie's grandmother, his parents, his brother and sister, and all the members of his family,

I truly believe that justice will be done eventually, if not in this life then the next.

I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in your faith.

You're in my prayers.


To Robbie's grandmother,

I pray God gives you the strength to help your daughter, and that He comforts you.

Anonymous said...

I realize you don't have any way of knowing who I really am and I understand that. I really am Robbie's grandmother.
Thank you for your kind comments-they mean a lot.

Mary said...

Take care.

Anonymous said...

They Caught the third suspect in Nebraska. He gave a video taped confession!
The other two that have been charged are facing life in prison plus 188 years. They each have a $1 million bail.

Mary said...

I'm so glad they caught Jose Leon-Nava.

Anonymous said...

Here's a link for the story this guy gave.
It turned my stomach!

What I would give for one last hug!

Mary said...

It's absolutely horrible.

At least these thugs are all in custody now. I know that's little comfort.