Couple stabbed to death on West Side: ‘Everyone called them mom and pop’

The grandson of a couple who were found stabbed to death early Sunday inside their North Austin home sat speechless outside the crime scene. About 1:10 a.m. Sunday, a...

The grandson of a couple who were found stabbed to death early Sunday inside their North Austin home sat speechless outside the crime scene.
About 1:10 a.m. Sunday, a relative found the woman and man with multiple stab wounds inside their home in the 1400 block of North Leclaire Avenue, police said. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. A person of interest was in custody in the stabbings Sunday morning and charges were pending, police said.

The two were identified Sunday evening as Shirley Ervin, 69, and Johnnie Ervin, 67, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Public records show they owned the home in which they were killed.


“We really don’t know what happened,” the grandson said. “We don’t know how long they were in there.”

He then buried his face in a towel, unable to say anything else about what had taken place. Another woman sitting in front of a home also buried her face in her hands. Other people at the scene shook their heads.
Outside the home where the couple lived, a group of people surrounded the couple’s son, who sat on a white lawn chair. Later, a group of men held him up at a point when it looked like he was going to collapse. People took turns giving him a hug.


A 57-year-old woman who has lived on the same block as the couple for decades was among those who stopped to give the man a hug.

She was shocked when her nephew woke her up to tell her what had happened.

“They gave no one problems,” she said. “Everyone called them mom and pop.”
The woman, who asked not to be identified, visited the woman who was killed a couple times a week because of recent health problems the slain woman was experiencing.
“I can’t believe it,” she said. “(The slain man) was taking care of his wife. She was sick, and they stayed in the house. They didn’t bother anyone.”
She said the couple was retired, and the slain woman previously worked for the U.S. Postal Service.
As officers walked in and out of the brick two-flat home, neighbors and relatives somberly stood by. Lewis Elementary School is across the street from where they lived.
At one point, a man raised his voice in frustration when officers expanded the crime scene. “You can tape the whole block, it ain’t going to mean (expletive),” he shouted.


Another man shouted, “I can’t do this (expletive).”
While detectives worked to unravel what led to the slayings, people at the scene said they knew who did it.
One man, who did not want to be identified, said he had seen the person he now suspects is behind the deaths. He said the person appeared normal and shook his hand. The encounter happened before the couple was found dead.
“It’s sick,” he repeatedly said. “Honestly, I don’t see no mercy for that.”

 
Source: Chicago Tribune

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