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Woman slashed in face, neck near DePaul Lincoln Park campus

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Bianca Cseke, Online Editor

July 18, 2019

A recent DePaul graduate was slashed in the face and neck early Thursday morning near the music buildings on the Lincoln Park campus, according to DePaul Public Safety and Chicago police. The attack occurred near the corner of Fullerton Avenue and Halsted Street, according to an alert sent by DePaul...

DePaul student dies in weekend shooting in Chicago

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Bianca Cseke, Online Editor

June 10, 2019

A DePaul student was among those who were killed in shootings in Chicago this past weekend. Marcel Hannah, 30, was shot about 3 a.m. Sunday in the 6600 block of South Evans Avenue in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Police said Hannah got into an argument with someone in a blue Chevy Impala and was ...

Chicago police warn of multiple sexual assaults in Lincoln Park

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Bianca Cseke, Online Editor

June 6, 2019

A man is suspected of sexually assaulting at least three women in the Lincoln Park neighborhood over the past three weeks, according to Chicago police. The man usually approaches women walking alone from behind and gropes them, police said in an alert. In one of the incidents, the man assaulted a...

Computer finds striking similarities in Chicago cold cases

This undated family photo provided by Riccardo Holyfield shows his cousin, Reo Renee Holyfield. Her body was in a dumpster, and nobody found her for two weeks last fall. The slayings like Holyfield's that began in 2001 continued for years and remain unsolved. Now a national nonprofit group and a computer algorithm are helping detectives review the cases and revealing potential connections. The renewed investigation offers hope to the victims' relatives, some of whom have waited nearly two decades for answers.

Don Babwin, Associated Press

May 30, 2019

The bodies turned up in some of Chicago's most derelict places: alleys, abandoned buildings, weed-choked lots and garbage containers. The victims were mostly black women who had been strangled or suffocated. Authorities believed many were prostitutes or drug addicts or both. There was evidence of...

Illinois man found guilty in teen’s 1992 strangulation death

In this Jan. 7, 1992 photo, Esther and Allan Chereck, parents of slain David Chereck, hold a photo of their son during an interview at their home in Skokie, Ill. on Jan. 7, 1992. Eduardo Contreras, Robert Serritella was found guilty Thursday, May 23, 2019 of first-degree murder in the 1992 death of 15-year-old David Chereck. Serritella, 76, of Park Ridge, was charged in 2014 in the decades-old cold case. Chereck was found strangled with his own scarf in a Morton Grove forest preserve.

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May 24, 2019

A 76-year-old man has been convicted in the 1992 strangulation death of an Illinois teenager. Robert Serritella, of Park Ridge, was found guilty Thursday on two counts of first degree murder in the killing of 15-year-old David Chereck, of Skokie. The teen was found strangled with a scarf in a forest...

Pregnant Chicago woman slain, baby cut from her womb

Chicago Police missing person flier for Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui, who had gone to a Chicago home in response to a Facebook offer of free baby clothes, was strangled and her baby cut from her womb, police and family members said.

Caryn Rousseau and Don Babwin, Associated Press

May 16, 2019

A pregnant woman who had gone to a Chicago home in response to a Facebook offer of free baby clothes was strangled and her baby cut from her womb, police and family members said. The newborn was in grave condition and not expected to survive, and three people were taken into custody, with charges...

Report takes issue with error-prone Chicago gang database

Joseph Lipari, deputy inspector general for Public Safety, looks on as Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson discusses the audit of the Chicago Police Department's

Michael Tarm, Associated Press

April 12, 2019

A poorly managed police database of 130,000 purported street-gang members in Chicago is rife with errors and offers no practical way for those wrongly entered into it to purge their names, the city's inspector general office says in a sharply critical report released Thursday. Inclusion in the database...

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