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Reward for information on murders suspect of teen increased to $50,000

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The reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect in the stabbing death of 14-year-old Kelli O’Laughlin has been increased to $50,000.

The murder of the teen in her own home in Indian Head Park has been one that has electrified much of Chicago and surrounding suburbs. The teenager had come home in the afternoon and, apparently, been stabbed to death by a mysterious person. The police believe that O’Laughlin surprised a burglar who then attacked her.

According to Chicago media reports, the reward has come from anonymous donors, which shows just how seriously the local community has taken the death of this teen and how much the crime has stunned the Indian Head Park area.

Meanwhile, the community continued to show support to the family and has continued to mourn. Students at O’Laughlin’ school, Lyons Township High School, wore all black on Monday. Halloween activities continued in the Indian Head Park area, despite concerns that there might be a killer in their midst.

Police believe that the crime took place between 4:45 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. last Thursday afternoon. The stabbing took place in O’Laughlin’s home in the 6300 block of Keokuk Road. O’Laughlin’s body was found when her mother came home and found her on the floor of her home.

The police have released a description of a suspect. They are looking for an African-American man between 5’8” and 5’9” between 25 to 35 years old. He was reportedly last seen wearing a dark hoodie.

Police have also said that the one thing that was stolen from the home was a collection of rare gold coins. Police have told local pawn shops to be on the lookout for these coins and call authorities if anyone comes attempting to sell those coins.

Police did have at least one person in custody for questioning over the weekend. However, police said they were questioning the man over a rash of break-ins in the area. They did not say if this person had anything to do with O’Laughlin’s murder.

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