Teen Identity, Cause of Death Released After Homicide Victim Found in Middle School Lot Near Barrington Rd and Irving Park Rd, Hanover Park

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The Cook County Medical Examiners Office on Friday June 2, 2023 released the identity a teen found dead in a homicide near Barrington Road and Irving Park Road as Hanover Park resident Winder Cruz, age 17. The Cause of Death is reported to be multiple sharp force injuries.

Hanover Park Police confirmed Saturday morning that they were investigating a homicide that occurred about 9:28 p.m. Thursday, June 1, 2023 in the area northwest of the intersection of Barrington Road and Irving Park Road. Police, firefighters, and paramedics from Hanover Park responded about 9:28 p.m. to the report of a person down in the parking lot in front of Al-huda Academy — an Islamic middle school located at 7455 Jensen Boulevard. The initial call for help reported a person shot, but that report was believed to have been possibly incorrect because police did not initially confirm that the homicide was caused by a shooting.

Al-huda Academy is located just west of Tony’s Fresh Market. A crime scene perimeter was established around a red Acura sedan in the parking lot in front of Tony’s Fresh Market on Barrington Road north of Irving Park Road. The red Acura is believed to have been used by the victim Thursday night, but police did not initially confirm whether the red Acura belonged to the victim.

Cook County MCAT, the Major Case Assistance Team, collected evidence most of the night until at least around 4:00 a.m. Friday. Police may have processed the Acura later Friday morning.

Overall the crime scene perimeter covered a wide area — from Irving Park Road to Tower Drive west of Barrington Road and on both sides of Jensen Boulevard. One Hanover Park police officer was particularly intolerant of media observation even at 3:00 a.m. at the curb of the north side of Irving Park Road, which was about 200 feet to 400 feet from the area of the parking lot where the victim’s body was located. The police officer at the corner of Irving Park Road and Jensen Boulevard appeared to be excessively angry without reason — abnormal compared to all other police officers who interacted at the wide area scene.

One unnamed source told Cardinal News that police were investigating whether a shootout occurred. Firefighters and paramedics were dispatched to a report of penetrating trauma (stabbing or gunshot), which is the normal non-specific announcement on radio dispatches currently. Firefighters were advised that the scene was not confirmed as secure, because a vehicle or vehicles were still driving by the scene. The scene was secured by about 9:32 p.m. to 9:34 p.m. and paramedics immediately moved up to assess the victim, who was unresponsive and suffering from blood loss. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hanover Park police did not confirm that the homicide was caused by a shooting, and WGN News reported that Hanover Park police told the news organization that “circumstances behind the incident” (were) “not a shooting.” The Daily Herald reported that video secured from Al-huda Academy showed the victim collapse in the parking lot of the school after running from “a grocery store to the east after being shot” … the grocery store would be Tony’s Fresh Market.

The Cook County Medical Examiners Office confirmed that a 17 year-old male died at 7455 Jensen Boulevard about 9:42 p.m. Thursday, June 1, 2023. Initially, no cause of death was provided.

Witnesses stated that the 17 year-old male worked at Walmart.

Police were working to secure video images from Al-huda and other locations that may help with the investigation.

Hanover Park police stated the incident appears to be isolated with no threat to the public.

Anyone having information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Hanover Park Police Lieutenant Gniewosz at 630-823-5516.

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