ROCKFORD — Anthony “Tony” Angileri was a bar proprietor, a black belt in karate, a karaoke singer and a drummer.
His finest attribute, nevertheless, might have been his means to sit and listen and go out of his way for other folks, earning many mates in the course of action.
All those good friends took to social media in new times to express their sorrow and shock more than his unexpected demise.
The 42-yr-aged co-operator of the Victory Tap, a bar and cafe at 2315 Harrison Ave., was fatally shot late Saturday evening at his Lapey Avenue home.
Witnesses explained to police an adult male shot into the household and fled on foot. No arrest has been made.
Jeremy Van Barriger of Rockford named Angileri his ideal buddy.
“I truly skip him,” Van Barriger mentioned.
“Tony was constantly there for individuals. He experienced a large coronary heart. He was generally serving to any person out in require.”
Van Barriger stated he and Angileri fished, attended concert events and sparred together
“(Tony) was a black belt in Shotokan karate,” a weaponless martial artwork.
“He took it for lots of a long time in Rockford. Martial arts was normally dear to him from age 9 until eventually the day he died,” Van Barriger claimed. “It instilled in him a good deal of honor, respect and morals that he had.
“When we obtained older, we went all in excess of the place and properly trained. We would really spar a great deal proper in his yard with gloves.”
Van Barriger also stated Angileri was personable. He felt at property at the Victory Tap and designed absolutely sure others felt the exact.
“When someone sat down he would say, ‘Hey. My title is Tony. How’s it likely? Is the meals alright?’ If there was a oversight, he would fix it. He was actual welcoming. He designed certain that individuals felt welcome.”
Mike Gulley of Rockford is a member of the Acoustic Millennium Band, a 3-time Rockford Spot Music Business award-successful band that executed each and every other Friday at Victory Tap.
He stated Angileri did additional than just take care of Victory Tap.
“He was generally there to hear to your issues and test to support you out with regardless of what you were being going by,” Gulley explained.
“He was the man who answered his telephone no matter what time it was. And just a person of the greatest human beings I have ever regarded.”
Gulley stated Angileri was really good at holding a beat, too.
“He played the drums and would sit in after in a whilst with us.”
Another close friend, Monthly bill Prepare dinner, said Angileri grew up with his uncle and other household users and mentioned he bought to know him effectively about two years ago.
“One particular working day I made the decision to stop by his bar. I met him, and he designed me a truly excellent burger. We experienced some drinks and began executing karaoke collectively. Ever considering that then, I would go down every Wednesday just to sing some music, and we finished up executing this just about every 7 days for a yr or so.”
Cook stated the two of them generally sang “Kickapoo” by Tenacious D.
“He did all the Jack Black parts, I did the parts for Meatloaf and Dio.”
Gulley said the bar was a reflection of Angileri’s character.
“It was usually a fun spot. Wonderful support, exceptional meals. Never any scuffles or fights or anything at all.
“This is completely tragic.”
Any person with information and facts about the homicide is questioned to get in touch with the Rockford Police Division at 815-966-2900 or leave an anonymous suggestion with Rockford Place Criminal offense Stoppers at 815-963-7867.