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Family hopes reward helps solve 1998 killing

Published: Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

ROCKFORD – The family of a carpenter killed 15 years ago hopes a $5,000 reward helps draw leads that finally can crack the case.

Joan Gitchel told the Rockford Register Star she’s sickened that whoever fatally shot her son, 32-year-old Dan Myers, is living a normal life, and she calls that “disgusting” and unfair.

“To think [the killer] is walking around doing normal things. He gets to get up and see the sunrise, walk around and do what he wants. Dan can’t do that,” Gitchel said.

Relatives say that the day he was killed, on April 30, 1998, Myers had been living in Janesville, Wis., but was moving to Rockford to live with a girlfriend before he went out that evening to drink with friends at Rocky’s Tap in nearby Loves Park before he apparently was shot in the neck near Rockford.

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