Reward Increased to $50,000 For Teen's Killer

Visitation will be held Wednesday and Thursday in Countryside

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    Halloween night takes on a bit of a somber and cautious tone in the town where a teen was killed in her home. (Published Monday, Oct 31, 2011)

    The reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who killed an Indian Head Park teen has been increased to $50,000.

    Kelli O'Laughlin, 14, is believed to have walked in on a burglary in progress between 4:45 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the home in the 6300 block of Keokuk Road. O'Laughlin was found stabbed to death by her mother.

    Friends Mourn Teen's Death

    [CHI] Friends Mourn Teen's Death
    Police continue to search for the killer of 14-year-old Kelli O'Laughlin, who may have walked into a burglary before she was stabbed to death. (Published Saturday, Oct 29, 2011)

    Students at Lyons Township High School wore all black Monday in honor of O'Laughlin.

    Halloween went on as planned in the neighborhood Monday night, albeit with parents keeps a closer eye on their kids as they went door-to-door.

    "You let them go down the street by themselves if they're big enough, but you can't do that now," said Anna Taylor, who was trick-or-treating with her grandchildren.

    And while Halloween is by nature supposed to be scary, the reality that there's a killer loose in the area is hitting too close to home.

    "I think everyone is afraid of what has happened, and because they haven't caught him, I think it's something they're really concerned about," said Mya Jackson, who was trick-or-treating with her infant.

    Indian Head Park police continue to search for the suspect, described as a black man between 5-8 or 5-9, 25-35 years old with a medium build and wearing a dark hoodie.

    Police said the suspect got away with several rare coins, including some from a Las Vegas casino, and may try to sell them. Detectives ask that anyone who happens to spot the coins or the suspect call police immediately.

    Visitation will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in Hallowell & James Funeral Home, 1025 W. 55th St., in Countryside. Mass will be said Friday at St. John of the Cross Church, 5005 Wolf Road, in Western Springs.

    White ribbons were tied around trees in her honor, and grief counselors were on hand Monday for students and staff.