Police Investigate Death of South Suburban Teen

By Regina Waldroup
|  Monday, Nov 11, 2013  |  Updated 8:52 AM CDT
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The family of a south suburban teen searched for answers Sunday after the 18-year-old girl was found dead Friday.

The family of a south suburban teen searched for answers Sunday after the 18-year-old girl was found dead Friday.

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The family of a south suburban teen searched for answers Sunday after the 18-year-old girl was found dead Friday.

Police said the 18-year-old was found dead near 115th Street and Beloit Avenue in southwest suburban Worth after she suffered “fatal injuries.”

The family of Brittany Wawrzyniak said they are still trying to get to the bottom of what happened.

“She’s not coming home,” said Wawrzyniak’s mother Rebecca Tully. “She’s never going to have another Christmas.”

Tully said Wawrzyniak’s dad dropped her off at a friend’s house around 6 p.m. Friday and several hours later she was found dead. And family members say her death was no accident.

“There was a possible fight and they threw her out of a truck, or she got thrown out of a truck, and dragged,” said Tully. “It doesn’t sound like it was an accident.”

Police have released few details about the incident.

As part of the death investigation, Worth Police said they arrested and charged 20-year-old Eric Steven Johnson, of Midlothian, with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. No further details were immediately available.

Wawrzyniak’s family said they can’t imagine why someone would want to hurt her.

“She never refused a hug, never hesitated to give a hug,” said her grandmother Rebecca Lane.

“She didn’t deserve this,” said Tully.

Enrolled at the Illinois Institute of Art, Wawrzyniak had dreams of becoming a music producer, family said.

On a Facebook page in her memory, loved ones call her their beautiful angel. Several commenters are also calling on those who know what happened to come forward.

“We just want the truth to come out,” said Tully. “We just want to know why my daughter is never coming home again.” 

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