3, Stabbed, 1 Fatally in Marquette Park

(Chicago Tribune) Police were questioning a suspect after a 36-year-old woman was stabbed to death and two men were injured in a family fight Saturday evening, police said.

The three were stabbed about 5:40 p.m. in the 3300 block of West Marquette Road, police said in a media notification.

The woman suffered a stab wound to the chest and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she was pronounced dead. A 34-year-old man suffered a stab wound to the arm and was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where his condition was stabilized. A 75-year-old man suffered a stab wound to the arm and declined to be taken to a hospital.

The woman was identified as Elizabeth Kennedy, who was killed in the same block where she lived, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. She was pronounced dead at 7:40 p.m. Saturday.

At the scene Saturday evening, neighbors said they were shocked that the fight took place in a neighborhood they say is usually quiet.

“Fourteen years we’ve been here,” said Maria Pina, who lives on the block, which borders Marquette Park. “No crime happens here.”

City crime data show no homicides on the block dating back to at least 2001, the earliest date for which city information is readily available. Data compiled by the Tribune shows no shootings on the block since the Tribune began keeping statistics on shooting victims in September 2011.

Some neighbors said they did not even know a dispute had taken place until police showed up. Officers were stationed at both ends of the block just after the incident Saturday evening.

“I didn’t hear anything,” Pina said. “I didn’t hear anything at all. And I have five dogs, they are always barking at something.”

A black football helmet lay on the the sidewalk where the incident happened, next to a pool of blood. Neighbors at the scene said children had been playing outside earlier in the evening.

“We know there were kids playing football there, on the sidewalk,” a next-door neighbor said. “And then we saw the (police) lights.”

Though the 36-year-old woman’s family members declined to comment Saturday night, many were at the scene, including children.

“I saw her fall,” a child told a woman at the scene.

The man who attacked the three fled after the fight but was arrested by police soon after, police said. Charges were pending.

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