Police Investigating Death of 14-Year-Old LT Student as a Homicide
The body of 14-year-old girl Kelli O'Laughlin was found Thursday afternoon in an Indian Head Park Home; police are investigating her death as a homicide.
Update, Oct. 28, 11:44 a.m.:
The Cook County Medical Examiner's office has confirmed that the victim was 14-year-old LTHS freshman Kelli O'Laughlin.
Indian Head Park police are investigating the death of a Lyons Township High School freshman as a homicide, police told media outlets on Thursday.
The body of a 14-year-old girl was discovered on Thursday afternoon in a home in the northwest part of Indian Head Park. Police said the girl died as a result of stab wounds sustained in a possible home invasion.
Oct. 28, 1:30 a.m.
LT will not be holding classes tomorrow for a scheduled non-attendance day. However, counselors will be made available tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school's South Campus, located at 4900 S. Willow Springs Rd., in Western Springs. Support services will continue to be made available to faculty and students in the coming weeks.
"The District's top priority is to help ensure that our students have the support they need during this difficult time. Our hearts go out to the family," LTHS spokeswoman Jennifer Bialobok wrote in a statement this morning.
Oct. 28, 1:00 a.m.
WGN news is reporting that District 204 Superintendent Thomas Kilrea has sent a letter to parents of Lyons Township High School students telling them about a freshmen student's death.
"It is with deep regret that I must inform you of the tragic loss of an LTHS freshman student," Kilrea said in the email. "The matter is under investigation and the police will share details as they become available. We are not at liberty to disclose the name of the student at this time."
Oct. 28, 12:00 a.m.
Indian Head Park police have not yet released the victim's name, but students at Lyons Township High School have created two memorial pages and a memorial event on Facebook for LTHS freshman Kelli O'Laughlin.
Oct. 27, 11:00 p.m.
Western Springs Patch editor Darren McRoy just left the area and said Willowbrook police have brought in a K-9 unit.
Oct. 27, 10:45 p.m.
Indian Head Park police are investigating the stabbing death of a 14-year-old girl whose body was found Thursday afternoon in a home in the southwest suburb.
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the death took place east of Interstate 294 and south of Plainfield Road near Pontiac Drive. Police would only say they were investigating the death as a homicide. Indian Head Park Police Chief Frank Alonzo told reporters he would have more information by the morning. NBC reported the girl's death could have occurred during a home invasion.
According to a WGN news report, neighbors said they thought the girl was a freshman at a local public high school.
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