Suburban Murder

3 People Shot, Killed in Joliet Home

(ABC 7) Three people were found dead Thursday afternoon inside a southwest suburban Joliet home. Officers were sent to the single-family home about 2:50 p.m. in the 2000- block of Great Falls Drive for a death investigation, according to Police Chief Brian Benton. Police believe a party at the home lasted into the early morning…

Teen Girl Shot, Killed in Des Plaines

(WLS) A teenage girl was fatally shot early Saturday morning in northwest suburban Des Plaines, police said. The girl, identified as 17-year-old Angie Morris, was shot in the 9900-block of Linda Lane around 1 a.m. Morris had texted her new cell phone number to her sister, Kattlin Humphrey, just a few hours before she was…

1 Killed, 1 Wounded in Schiller Park Road Rage Shooting

Chicago Tribune, A 53 year old woman was dead on the scene and a 19 year old man was wounded after they were shot while traveling in a vehicle in suburban Schiller Park late Wednesday morning, authorities said. There was “no immediate danger to residents,” said Schiller Park police in a statement posted on the…

Man Kills Pregnant Wife in Murder Suicide in Woodridge

(WLS) A man fatally shot his wife, who was seven-months pregnant, and wounded another woman before killing himself late Monday night in an apartment in southwest suburban Woodridge, police said. Investigators said the baby also died in the murder-suicide. Woodridge police and paramedics from nearby Lisle responded just after 11:55 p.m. Monday to a report…

Missing Schaumburg Woman Found Dead in Submerged Car

A body found in a car in a retention pond early Thursday in Kankakee has been identified as a missing northwest suburban woman, and her family is thanking law enforcement for bringing them “closure.” Sheila Khalili, 27, was expected to return to her parents’ home in Schaumburg on Friday, but never arrived, according to Schaumburg…

4 Million Bail Set for Man in Addison Double Homicide

Bail was set at $4 million Tuesday for a 20-year-old Addison man suspected of Saturday’s “targeted” shooting deaths of two men and the attempted murder of a third. Jorge Vargas, 20, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. Authorities said the two victims — Kevin Bustos, 17, of…

2 Shot Dead in Addison Car Shooting

A man and a 17-year-old boy were shot to death in a car while driving in northwest suburban Addison, police said. Police were called to near Denise Court and Elizabeth Drive because 911 callers reported shots fired and a traffic crash and found a car with two people in it that had hit a tree,…

Man Shot, Killed in University Park

A Park Forest man died early Saturday after he was shot in his car in south suburban University Park late Friday, according to authorities. Rodney D. Reed, 25, was pronounced dead at 1:09 a.m. Saturday at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy was scheduled…

Person Found Brutally Murdered, Tied up on Couch in Cicero Home

A person was found dead, tied up and facedown on a couch in a Cicero home Wednesday, according to police. The dead person’s employer called police to report their employee had not been heard from since Monday. When police entered the home in the 2100 block of 59th Court, they found the person’s body inside.…

Neighbor Charged in Strangulation, Sex Assault of Schaumburg Woman

A neighbor of the 33-year-old woman found strangled in her Schaumburg apartment on Easter Sunday has been charged in the slaying, officials said. Bulmaro Mejia-Maya, 29, who was arrested Wednesday in Jacksonville, Fla., was charged with first-degree murder, home invasion and aggravated criminal sexual assault in connection with the death of Tiffany Thrasher, police said.…

Woman, 33, Found Strangled to Death in Schaumburg Apartment

A 33-year-old woman was found strangled in her Schaumburg apartment this weekend, authorities said Monday. The victim was identified as Tiffany Thrasher and lived in the 2600-block of Clipper Drive, police said. Schaumburg police said they forced their way inside her ground-level apartment, where they found her body. They believe she was murdered between 8…

Man Charged with Shooting of Parolee Celebrating Release in Minooka IL

MINOOKA, Ill. A man has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a parolee in southwest suburban Minooka Friday night while he was celebrating his release from prison earlier that day. Nathan A. Hofkamp, 29, was celebrating with family members about 11:25 p.m. when “a disturbance broke out” inside a home in the…

Elderly Couple Found Savagely Murdered in their Berwyn Home

Acting Berwyn Police Chief Michael Cimaglia said officers were called to a home in the 3100 block of S. Oak Park Avenue just before 5:30 a.m. “Ira Moore, 67-years-old, a Vietnam veteran, and his wife, Tommie Moore, 70-years-old, were discovered deceased on the kitchen floor,” Cimaglia said. Investigators first believed the couple died in a…

Man Receives 45 Year Sentence for Murder of Grandmother Over Inheritance

A former northwest suburban man who murdered his grandmother in an effort to speed up his inheritance was sentenced to 45 years in prison Thursday. Rich A. Schmelzer, 44, formerly of East Dundee, was convicted on Dec. 20, 2016, of the murder of his grandmother, 85-year-old Mildred “Dodie” Darrington of East Dundee, according to the…

Father Murdered Twin Daughters and Wounded His Wife

Police in suburban Chicago have released a chilling 911 call on which a father tells a dispatcher that he had just shot dead his twin daughters, wounded his wife and was about to kill himself. When officers with the St Charles Police Department responded to a luxury condominium complex from which the emergency call came…

Twin Girls Shot, Killed in St Charles Identified

A middle-aged man stood silently near a memorial of flowers, candles, Teddy bears and handwritten notes before walking up and dropping to one knee. Wiping tears from his eyes, he briefly put a hand on one of the three wooden crosses that were placed on the ground. A few moments later, he stood up and…