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Woman fatally stabbed to death at work in Wicker Park Walgreens on Sunday morning



A woman who worked at a Wicker Park Walgreens early Sunday was attacked by a man with a knife and stabbed to death in the store, according to Chicago police.

Shortly after 9:30 a.m., according to police, authorities were called to a Walgreens store on N. Milwaukee Ave. 1372 to investigate a murder case. Police said the 32-year-old woman who was working in the store was approached by a man who “stabbed the female victim several times and fled the scene.”

The woman, who has still not been identified, was declared dead at the scene, officials said. Also, it seems Police are not confirming commercial names, but the parking lot for the Walgreens remained blocked by yellow police tape on Sunday afternoon. A spokeswoman for the Cook County Coroner’s Office also mentioned that the woman was pronounced dead at that address.

When Officer Jara stood near the store on Sunday afternoon, he said the authorities did not have a complete physical description of the man. The authorities described him as a black man last seen wearing a “light” top or hoodie, dark pants and white sneakers.

Jara said the assailant “entered the store, identified (the) victim, who is a saleswoman, and stabbed her.

Detectives are searching the area in hopes of identifying more surveillance video that might show the suspect before or after entering the store. Police also recorded parts of the North Wicker Park and North Wolcott Avenue block during the afternoon.

Authorities said nothing was stolen from the store. It was unclear whether the assailant knew the woman or was targeting her specifically. The authorities did not answer questions about whether the attack had anything to do with a policy of face masks or a confrontation due to his duties at the store.

“We cannot comment further (as this remains an open investigation),” police spokesman Roberto Garduno said in an e-mail. No arrests had been made.

Phone calls and e-mails to Deerfield-based Walgreens asking for additional information were not answered immediately.

This was at least the second murder at a Chicago Walgreens location in just over a year. On June 12, 2019, Chicago police began investigating the fatal shooting of another woman, 46-year-old client Sircie Varnardo.

A store owner allegedly contacted a former security guard he knew who lived in the area, and this man is accused of showing up and confronting Varnado, who was suspected of shoplifting, with 100 pounds, arresting her and shooting her in the face while she was kneeling on her knees during a violent struggle at 11:30 p.m. in the busy Northwest Side store.

Louis Hicks, 33, was arrested for murder at Walgreens’ 4817 W. Fullerton Ave. Hicks once worked for the Monterrey Security Department and was arrested for drugs, assault and impersonating a federal employee prior to the 2019 shootings. In this case he was denied bail.

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