Police are currently investigating the alleged stabbing death of a 14-year-old high school girl in Indian Head Park, a southwest suburb of Chicago. Her body was discovered Thursday afternoon.
Kelli O'Laughlin, a freshman at Lyons Township High School, was found in her home by her mother. She was immediately transported to Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital where was pronounced dead. She had suffered multiple traumatic injuries a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner's office said.
Her death is being investigated as a homicide by the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force, said Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy.
According to WGN TV, District 204 Superintendent Thomas Kilrea, sent a letter to the parents of children attend Lyons Township High School.
It is with deep regret that I must inform you of the tragic loss of an LTHS freshman student, said Kilrea in an email. The matter is under investigation and the police will share details as they become available.
The high school is not scheduled to hold classes, however, the district plans to have counselors readily available for students.
Police are making their presence known in the neighborhood, cordoning large sections of it off with police caution tape.
This incident has residents recalling last summer, when a string of burglaries rocked their neighborhood. The suspect used Google searches in order to target expensive homes, including houses in Indian Head Park.
That's what people are thinking, said Melinda Hensel, who lives near O'Laughlin and was one of the victims of the burglaries, said the Chicago Tribune.
Friends and family are all ready paying tribute to her on Facebook. People have posted her on her wall expresses their condolences. Several groups were created in her honor asking friends to share photos and memories of her.
I can't even tell you how much i am going to miss you. We have been through so much together and i hate that I didn't even get to say goodbye, said one friend on O'Laughlin's Facebook.